A good week in Connecticut
I spent last week traveling around the First District, meeting with constituents, and highlighting some recently enacted legislation that I led. Here are some glimpses of what I was up to last week:
- I visited Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford Center to celebrate the enactment of several bipartisan health care funding initiatives that will benefit Connecticut.
- I also toured Lincoln Tech in East Windsor, where they are training the next generation of workers in Connecticut. I got to meet with students and local employers to hear firsthand how the training Lincoln Tech offers fills employer-needs.
- On Wednesday, I started the day touring UTRC Innovation Hub where they are conducting cutting edge research and development that is helping Connecticut stay on the forefront of advanced manufacturing.
- I then spoke with Pratt and Whitney retirees, where we discussed retirement security and my legislation, the Social Security 2100 Act that will strengthen and expand this critical program.
- Afterwards, I joined leaders from Connecticut’s fuel cell manufacturing industry at the Center for Advanced Technology to discuss the five-year extension of the fuel cell Investment Tax Credit in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act.
- I also visited the CREC Hurricane Relief Center where I met with CREC officials who have been helping families displaced from Puerto Rico.
- I visited Hartford Fire House Engine 1/Ladder 6 to pay tribute to our First Responders by highlighting the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, which was signed into law within the Bipartisan Budget Act.
- I stopped by Howell Cheney Technical High School to present Brianna and Nathan with Congressional Certificates of Special Recognition for winning the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.
- On Friday, I joined other members of the Connecticut Delegation, Mark Barden (Sandy Hook Promise Founder and father of Sandy Hook Elementary victim) and Lane Murdock (a local student who started the National School Walkout movement), in calling for gun safety measures.
- I joined Bob Forrester (President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation and Co-chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc.) and Eliot Russman (President, CEO, and Executive Director, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation) at the Fidelco headquarters in Bloomfield to discuss the recent passing of my bill, the Philanthropic Enterprise Act, into law and its positive impact for the future of companies like Newman’s Own that donate 100 percent of their profits to charitable organizations, like the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation that serve the blind and blind veterans,
- Lastly, I was honored to join in the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Mandell Multiple Sclerosis Center at St. Francis Hospital. Having seen a loved one battle MS, it is amazing to see the work they do everyday to help all those bravely fighting MS.
I hope to see YOU around the First District sometime soon.
John B. Larson