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Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Democrat, Connecticut
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DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
12.6% of children are in poverty
13.4% of children under 6 are in poverty
5.6% of children are in extreme poverty
11.6% are food insecure
3.1% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Blumenthal on Child Poverty

  • voted against H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored S.1242, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored S.1371, the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would increase the amount of the child tax credit and the portion of the credit that is refundable.

  • Blumenthal on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted against H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • voted for H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • co-sponsored S.337, the FAMILY Act, which would establish the Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave and entitle individuals to a family and medical leave insurance payment for extended caregiving periods.

  • co-sponsored S.428, the ACE Kids Act, which would authorize states to provide coordinated care to children with complex medical conditions through enhanced pediatric health homes.

  • co-sponsored S.783, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provides for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • co-sponsored S.1112, the Maternal Health Accountability Act, which would support states in improving outcomes for mothers during pregnancy.

  • co-sponsored S.1462, the Marketplace Certainty Act, which would amend the Affordable Care Act to gradually reduce subsidy payments to insurance companies.

  • co-sponsored S.1650, the Youth Access to Sexual Health Services Act, which would authorize grants to support access of marginalized youth to sexual health services.

  • co-sponsored S.1653, the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act, which would authorize grants for comprehensive sex education.

  • co-sponsored S.1804, the Medicare for All Act, which would establish a universal Medicare program.

  • co-sponsored S.2637, the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, which would provide for grants to esablish maternity and infant care initiatives and develop a set of measures for evaluating maternal and infant health.

  • co-sponsored S.2708, the Choose Medicare Act, which would create a public health care option through Medicare that would be available for purchase on the health care exchanges.

  • co-sponsored S.3029, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, which would extend a law funding research and education regarding prematurely delivered babies.

  • co-sponsored S.3330, the Medicare and Medicaid Protection Act, which would modify the rules of the Senate to ensure that legislation reducing funding levels for Medicaid or decreasing health benefits would require 60, rather than 50, votes for passage.

  • co-sponsored S.3363, the Maternal CARE Act, which would provide grants to states to reduce infant mortality rates and to eliminate racial disparities in maternal health outcomes.

  • Blumenthal on Child Welfare

  • co-sponsored S.1257, the Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act, which would require states to develop an electronic system to expedite the placement of children in foster care or guardianship, or for adoption.

  • co-sponsored S.1268, the Child Protection and Family Support Act, which would allow states to provide foster care maintenance payments for children with parents in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for substance abuse and to reauthorize grants to improve the well-being of families affected by substance abuse.

  • co-sponsored S.1303, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in adoption and the foster care system.

  • co-sponsored S.1797, the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act, which would ensure health care continuity for children aging out of the foster care system.

  • co-sponsored S.2961, the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act, which would increase funding to improve outcomes for children who have been abused.

  • Blumenthal on Youth Justice

  • voted against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General,, the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, which CDF opposed due to Jeff Sessions’ poor record on civil rights and criminal justice.

  • co-sponsored S.1917, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, which would reform sentencing laws and corrections and include provisions on parole for juveniles, sealing of juvenile records, and juvenile solitary confinement.

  • co-sponsored S.2423, the REAL Act, which would reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals.

  • Blumenthal on Gun Violence Prevention

  • co-sponsored S.1945, the Keep Americans Safe Act, which would regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

  • co-sponsored S.2009, the Background Check Expansion Act, which would require background checks for every firearm sale.


  • co-sponsored S.2095, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would criminalize the sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.


  • co-sponsored S.2662, the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, which would provide for grants to encourage states and local governments to establish handgun purchaser licensing requirements.

  • co-sponsored S.3211, the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, which would impose stricter record keeping and reporting requirements and eligibility standards on gun sellers.


  • co-sponsored S.3304, the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, which would prohibit the publication of 3D printer plans for the printing of firearms.

  • Blumenthal on Housing

  • co-sponsored S.3250, the Rent Relief Act, which would allow for a tax credit against rent paid on personal residences.

  • Blumenthal on Nutrition

  • co-sponsored S.1064, the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, which would prohibit public identification or stigmatization of children who lack funds to pay for a meal or have outstanding credit.


  • Blumenthal on Early Childhood Development

  • co-sponsored S.1151, the Credit for Caring Act, which would provide a nonrefundable credit for working family caregivers.

  • co-sponsored S.1806, the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would expand and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide grants for funding high-quality preschool.

  • Blumenthal on Education

  • voted against the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education,, the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, which CDF opposed due to concerns about Devos’s experience and her demonstrated opposition to robust enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Title IX.

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored S.1421, the Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity in Education Act, which would require the Department of Education to establish a new office to ensure compliance with anti-sex-discrimination laws.

  • co-sponsored S.1674, the School Building Improvement Act, which would provide grants for the repair, renovation, and construction of public elementary schools and secondary schools.

  • co-sponsored S.2495, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored S.2572, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require local educational agencties to establish anti-bullying policies and prohibit bullying based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

  • co-sponsored S.2584, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity of a student or a person associated with that student in any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

  • co-sponsored S.2934, the Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act, which would expand grants and other programs relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

  • co-sponsored S.3110, the Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act, which would require the Department of Education to establish a new office to ensure compliance with anti-sex-discrimination laws.

  • co-sponsored S.3307, the Summer Meals and Learning Act, which would provide grants to allow schools with summer lunch programs to keep their libraries open for student use during the summer.

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