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North Branford Eye on the Beltway: Himes, Murphy on Gay Marriage

And, Connecticut receives federal grant money for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

North Branford Eye on the Beltway: Himes, Murphy on Gay Marriage

 

BLUMENTHAL: The senator — along with Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — introduced legislation on Wednesday to end the practice of employers requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected accounts as a condition for employment.

“With few exceptions, employers do not have the need or the right to demand access to applicants’ private, password-protected information," Blumenthal said in a statement released by his office. "This legislation, which I am proud to introduce, ensures that employees and job seekers are free from these invasive and intrusive practices.”

LIEBERMAN: The senator joined Blumenthal, Himes and Murphy on Wednesday in announcing $1,126,550 in federal grants for Connecticut students from disadvantaged backgrounds preparing to enter college or pursue higher education opportunities.

Four grants were awarded to , , , and Stamford Public Schools in the amounts of $341,408, $252,000, $283,142, and $250,000, respectively. All four grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program.

"Ensuring equal access for all students, regardless of race or socio-economic status, must be one of our top priorities as a nation," the senator s aid in a statement released by his office.

HIMES: The congressman released a statement on Wednesday in response to Obama's support of same sex marriage:

"I commend President Obama for announcing his support for marriage equality, which I have supported for years," he said in a statement released by his office. "Today’s historic announcement, made the day after North Carolinians voted to ban gay marriage in their state, serves to remind us that, as the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’

DELAURO: The congresswoman released a statement in response to a new Institute of Medicine Report outlining the economic cost of the obesity epidemic and how the country should respond:

"Earlier this week the CDC estimated 42 percent of Americans will be considered obese by 2030," she said in the statement released by her office. "However, it is not an insurmountable problem. Without immediate action, obesity will continue to cost billions of dollars each year and damage our country’s public health. The IOM report lays out several strategies that we must consider. It is a call to action that we should heed."

MURPHY: The congressman used Twitter to respond to President Obama's stance on same sex marriage:

"If opponents of gay marriage want to check if the moral sky falls when it happens, come to CT. We're doing fine."

"Super proud of my President. If the arc of history bends toward justice, it just got a little more bendy today."

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