Senator Richard Blumenthal

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., says he’ll push for federal disaster relief spending on Houston and other areas of the Gulf Coast, despite the fact that a number of Republican members of Congress from that area did not support similar federal relief for Connecticut following Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
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A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Tuesday finds U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) beats either of his possible Republican challengers by a 2-to-1 margin.

Connecticut House Republicans

Dan Carter is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Richard Blumenthal. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the first federal guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers this week. The guidelines have 12 main recommendations for prescribing opioids to manage chronic pain. One suggestion is that doctors prescribe opioids for three days at a time. That’s about 20 pills.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut)
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The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would fund more than a billion dollars to fight heroin and opioid abuse. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is a sponsor of that bill.

Blumenthal spoke to health workers on Friday at a forum at Bridgeport’s Southwest Community Health Center. He compared Connecticut’s current spike in heroin and opioid overdoses to a storm.