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Rep. O’Neill Calls for Special Session to Restore Medicare Savings Plan

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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) hand delivered a letter to the Secretary of the State calling for a special legislative session to address issues concerning the Medicare Savings Plan.

The Medicare Savings Plan (MSP) is a state program to help seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare coinsurance, deductibles and premiums. The program, administered to qualified individuals based on income eligibility limits, is set to be reduced to match federal eligibility limits.  Prior to passage of the current budget, Connecticut was one of five states that exceeded the federal minimum.

“My Republican colleagues and I are calling on the governor and majority party Democrats to convene the legislature in special session to address substantial issues regarding the state’s Medicare Savings Plan,” Rep. O’Neill said. “Reducing the income eligibility limits for this important program will be devastating to tens of thousands of Connecticut seniors and disabled and must be rectified.”

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Sunrise over the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor’s, Oahu, Hawaii.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed annually on December 7th.

On this 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we pause to remember the 3,581 brave citizens who gave their lives or were injured in defense of our nation on that fateful day.

In a speech to Congress on December 8th, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the bombing of Pearl Harbor “a date which will live in infamy.” Congress declared war the same day.

We will never forget their commitment to duty and country, nor will we forget their sacrifice. Please join me in silent reflection or by saying a prayer in their memory.

State Lawmakers to Ring Bell for Salvation Army

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State Representatives Arthur O’Neill (R-69) and David Labriola (R-131), and State Senator Eric Berthel (R-32 ), will be volunteering to raise money for local residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army at the Southbury Stop and Shop on December 11.

 

When: Monday, December 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Stop & Shop – 100 Main St. N, Southbury, CT

The legislators welcome all constituents to stop by the store and help make the fundraising event a success! If you are unable to make it on December 11th, you can text “CTREP” to 71777 to donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle. You can also visit the Salvation Army’s website at www.salvationarmyusa.org to learn of other ways to do good this holiday season; for example, by donating cars, clothing, household goods, airline miles, bonds and stocks, or volunteering for the community.

As a group, the Republican caucuses have raised more than $190,000 for the Salvation Army over the past several years. The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.

Rep. O’Neill Honors Eagle Scout Henry Cerneck

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I was honored to present Eagle Scout Henry Cerneck with a legislative citation during his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at VFW Post 1607, Southbury. Henry is a member of Troop 1607 and performed his Eagle Project by placing combat wounded and Purple Heart recipient courtesy parking spots at both private and public locations around Southbury. Those locations include the Southbury Town Library, Town Hall, Senior Center, Settlers Town Park, Southbury Volunteer Fire Association, Heritage Landmark, the Audubon Center. He will also install signs at Riverview Cinemas and the Southbury Medical Center. He was joined by his parents, Michael and Michele Cerneck.

Rep. O’Neill Honors Eagle Scout Jack Gibbons

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It was my pleasure to present Eagle Scout Jack William Gibbons with a legislative citation during his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at the United Church of Christ in Southbury. Jack, a member of Troop 60 in Southbury, designed and constructed three raised flower bed planters for the Southbury Senior Center Garden Club. Pastor Walter Pitman gave the Invocation and the Benediction. Jack was joined by his parents, Cheryl and Daniel Gibbons, and Scout Master Howard Tuttle.