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In addition to Connecticut's two congresswomen, both U.S. Senators will have guests at tonight's State of the Union Address connected to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal called Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra's leadership, strength and courage an inspiration to the nation.

 

He says the tragedy in Newtown has brought the community together in a unique and moving way under First Selectman Pat Llodra's leadership.  He hopes to bring everyone to the Capital before the speech to meet with other Senators and share their stories.

 

Blumenthal said Monday he hopes the presence of the Newtown officials in the House of Representatives on Tuesday night will inspire the president to push ahead with a "very aggressive" gun control package.

 

Senator Chris Murphy called Llodra the calm and guiding hand that Sandy Hook has needed.  His guests will be Newtown Detectives Jason Frank and Dan McAnaspie, who were among the first to arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th.  He says the first responders continue to inspire the community and captured the hearts of America.

 

Frank has served in the department for 17-years and McAnaspie is a 10-year veteran of the Newtown Police Department.

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