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Steady Habits: Finding a path to reopen Connecticut — and America

April 22, 2020
In The News

Congressman John Larson is the only member of the Connecticut congressional delegation asked to be part of the “Opening Up America Again” congressional group assembled by President Donald Trump. This group is a sprawling and nominally bipartisan assemblage that features three times as many Republicans as Democrats.

Congressional lawmakers have also been negotiating over a new chunk of money to go out to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. We talked on Tuesday afternoon just as the Senate was passing a nearly $500 billion relief package. But even after it’s approved by the House and the president, it may only be a fraction of the money that many Americans need to keep going.

Larson has been in Washington for 20 years. He’s a Democrat serving in a partisan, polarized Congress. And he’s right now unable to do the thing that he just loves to do, shake hands and talk with people in person.

So, John Dankosky and the congressman talked by phone. Dankosky asked him about his decision to serve on President Trump’s congressional group.