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Candelora, Kelly Renew Calls for Special Session to Cut Gas Tax, Address Home Heating Crisis

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement urging lawmakers to call a special session to not only extend the gas tax suspension, but to also provide further relief, including home heating assistance to Connecticut families and stop a new truck tax from […]

Rep. Candelora unanimous choice for House Republican Leader

HARTFORD——Republicans elected to serve in Connecticut’s House of Representatives have selected state Rep. Vincent Candelora to serve a second term as House Minority Leader. Candelora, who last week won re-election to a ninth term serving the 86th House District, was the unanimous choice of more than 50 Republicans who attended a Nov. 10 leadership caucus […]

Ranking Republicans Comment on LIHEAP Amendment, Disappointed Funding Left on Table

HARTFORD – The Ranking Members of the Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services committees proposed an amendment to supplement $79.2 million in expected federal LIHEAP funds to increase total home energy assistance to $191.5 million. The amendment, however, was not entertained by their majority party counterparts. As a result, millions of dollars in potential relief was […]

CT Senate & House Republicans Offer Amendment to Bolster Energy Assistance Slashed by Washington

HARTFORD – Today, Connecticut Senate and House Republican lawmakers will propose and vote on an amendment to Governor Ned Lamont’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation plan being voted on today. The Republican lawmakers’ amendment will increase funding for energy assistance and prevent a devastating decrease in benefits for CT’s most vulnerable. In […]

Public Hearing on Home Heating Program Funding

In early June, Republicans raised concerns about the financial pressure residents would experience this fall as they faced the skyrocketing expense of heating their homes. House and Senate Republicans proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to provide additional home heating assistance to those who would need it. Our plan […]

Kelly, Candelora on Governor's Insufficient Energy Assistance Plan

HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are calling out the Governor’s administration for an insufficient Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation plan which will be discussed at a legislative briefing today. The Governor’s allocation plan anticipates $79 million in federal funds, a decrease […]

Republican Lawmakers Slam Gov. Lamont for Using Public Health Emergency Declaration to Suspend Supervised Absentee Ballot Voting Rules

HARTFORD – Ranking members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee Senator Rob Sampson (R-Wolcott) and State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-Wolcott), joined by Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Secretary of the State using powers granted […]

Republican Legislative Leaders Renew Calls for Hold Public Hearing at State Capitol on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases

HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republican Leaders are renewing their calls for a public hearing at the state Capitol on the proposed health insurance rate filings for the 2023 individual and small group markets, which include proposed rate increases averaging over 20%. On Monday, Connecticut Republicans wrote to legislative leaders, Governor Lamont, and Insurance […]

Kelly, Candelora: CT Democrats Fail to Address Affordability as Diesel Tax Increase, Energy Rate Hikes Take Effect

HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) released the following statement in response to CT Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Ned Lamont rejecting the public’s calls for a special session to address affordability in CT, to deliver energy assistance, and to suspend the diesel tax increase […]

House, Senate Republican Leaders Fact-Check Democrat Misstatements on GOP Tax Relief Plan

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to misstatements made by CT Democratic leaders this week regarding CT Republican calls for further tax relief and assistance: “Over the last few days CT Democratic leaders have rejected our calls for a […]

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