Senator Chris Murphy has released a year-end report outlining the work he did for Connecticut residents last year. Murphy responded to over 210,000 calls, letters and emails from Connecticut residents, helped over 5,300 Connecticut residents work through federal issues and get their owed benefits and established 7 Economic Advisory Councils to work with local community leaders, business owners, advocates, and other stakeholders.
He also helped returned over $967,000 to Connecticut residents, including owed Social Security payments, veteran benefits, tax refunds and other savings from federal agencies. Working with the state delegation, they brought back millions of dollars in federal funding for job training programs, health care services, and upgrades to roads and rails.
Three of Murphy's bills were signed into law.
One would expand mental health care for veterans, another helps combat the opioid crisis, and one improves the background check system. The Recovery COACH Act is based on a Connecticut program and aimed at helping people in recovery from substance abuse. The Honor Our Commitment Act provides access to mental health care for more than 500,000 veterans who were previously ineligible.