(CNN) - As the country remembers service members who lost their lives this Memorial Day, the Veterans Affairs Department continues to face questions about hospitals where veterans died waiting for doctor’s appointments on long, secretive waiting lists.
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(CNN) – A day and a half after a shooting rampage in California left six victims dead, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday the tragedy serves as a reminder of the legislative efforts to stem gun violence that occurred in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
The Democrat from Connecticut, appearing on CBS’s "Face the Nation," said statements from the California victims' families bring the nation back to "when it seemed like we were on the verge of, potentially, legislation that would stop the madness and end the insanity."
(CNN) - A U.S. senator from Connecticut is calling on major shipping companies to refund customers whose packages didn't arrive in time for Christmas as promised.
"I am disappointed to learn that so many consumers in Connecticut and across the country made purchases this holiday season expecting their gifts to arrive in time for Christmas, but instead were left empty-handed," Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal blocked a non-binding abortion resolution on Wednesday offered by Republican Senator Mike Lee saying, "This problem is broader than the issue cited in Senator Lee's resolution."
Introduced to the Senate on Monday, Lee said his resolution was in response to the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who is accused by authorities of killing four babies born-alive during botched abortions. The measure calls for a review of abortion policies to prevent these sorts of incidents from occurring again.
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association has "stooped to a new low" in making robocalls to residents in Newtown, the two U.S. senators from Connecticut argued in a letter to the NRA on Monday.
"We call on you to immediately stop calling the families and friends of the victims in Newtown," the senators wrote.
Washington (CNN) - In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, one of the state's senators announced Tuesday he will introduce legislation requiring background checks to buy ammunition.
"Ammunition is now the black hole in gun violence prevention," Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Blumenthal said it is illegal to sell either guns or ammunition to certain groups of people including felons, the mentally ill and those who commit domestic violence. But under current law someone can buy bullets from a gun store without any review of the person's background.
(CNN) - Lawmakers tend to stay quiet in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings, hoping to avoid attempts to politicize such tragedy.
But two days after the attack that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers were eager to take on the gun debate Sunday - with many saying a tipping point had finally been reached to pass stricter laws.
(CNN) – In the wake of one of the country’s deadliest mass shootings in Connecticut and the ensuing national conversation over U.S. gun laws, political figures are putting pressure on Washington to take serious action to prevent such tragedies.
A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning and opened fire on teachers and students killing 20 children and six adults. Hours after the shooting, President Barack Obama wiped tears from his eye and said "our hearts are broken today,” calling for “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of politics.”
(CNN) - As the dust settles in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race tonight, there is talk of unity but also some residual sparring over money.
Republican Linda McMahon, a former pro-wrestling executive, defended her decision to spend tens of millions of dollars of her own money on her campaign, calling it, "An investment that I hoped would be for the people of Connecticut." "I believe I delivered," McMahon told reporters, "I absolutely do believe that we have Washington listening more and hopefully, we have our state legislature listening more."
(CNN) - Democrat Richard Blumenthal has won the Connecticut Senate seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee Linda McMahon, a wealthy former professional wrestling executive. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.