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Chris Murphy

Christopher Scott Murphy is an American lawyer, author, and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Connecticut since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Connecticut's 5th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. Before being elected to Congress, Murphy was a member of both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving two terms each in the Connecticut House of Representatives (1999–2003) and the Connecticut Senate (2003–2007).

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The United States has the best intelligence-gathering operation in the world. We should provide a greater level of training and assistance to the E.U. to help them develop a more robust counter-terrorism platform.
Participatory democracies. Open economies. Web-based communication. All American innovations to the great conundrums of the globe.
We simply believe that we should lean into the world with something other than the pointed edge of a sword. — © Chris Murphy
We simply believe that we should lean into the world with something other than the pointed edge of a sword.
The Saudis helped the U.S. ensure that the Russians never got a meaningful foothold in the Middle East.
The NRA has become financially dependent on more and more guns being sold - especially the expensive ones. In turn, the NRA has stated that its top legislative priority is to protect gun makers by advocating for legislation that benefits them.
American foreign policy needs to be driven by what will get results and what is legal, not by what satisfies our primal instincts of revenge.
Congress should pass legislation that mandates increased information sharing for any country that wants to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.
The American people didn't send us to Congress to post our sympathies on social media. You can do that without going through the trouble of getting elected to Congress. This job is about setting rules that better protect us and our children.
Whenever I travel abroad, I try to visit U.S. troops just to say thanks.
As I'm learning, Republicans seem to only care about deficits when a Democrat is in the White House.
There are numerous groups across the country, both local and national, that are working to prevent gun violence in our communities.
America's strength in the past has been our ability to bring family members to join other family members in the United States and to look at skills but not have it be the only determination of how you get here.
Too many families know what it's like to have to choose between providing care for a family member and keeping their job. — © Chris Murphy
Too many families know what it's like to have to choose between providing care for a family member and keeping their job.
The Choose Medicare Act will let people of all ages buy into Medicare as their health care plan, and it would let any business also buy into Medicare and offer it to its employees.
There is just no substitute for seeing a disaster area firsthand and getting the chance to speak in person to victims and responders.
I arrived in Hartford as a 25-year-old naive state legislator who believed in universal health care. I rose to become the 29-year-old Chairman of the legislature's Health Committee.
Health care, whether I like it or not, is at the foundation of my public service.
For far too long, Washington has denied the American citizens of Puerto Rico vital human services and adequate health care funding.
I don't expect everyone to agree with me. Frankly, I'd be shocked if they did.
One of my chief criticisms of U.S. international policy is that Congress has largely abdicated its foreign policy-making responsibilities to the executive branch.
The European Union needs a comprehensive, continent-wise, transnational counter-terrorism center that has the authority to track threats across borders.
Washington can be a frustrating place.
I grew up in a pretty economically safe, physically safe household, and, you know, now my life is defined by other people's trauma and by other people's emotional experience with it, and I think I'm richer for that, frankly.
I do not understand how people can look at the rapid spread of extremism all across the globe and not understand that it is - that it isn't coincidental to the concurrent rapid spread of a very conservative strain of Islam that is paid for out of Saudi Arabia.
I used to play lots of sports. I used to be a good tennis player. I used to be a decent golfer.
Anytime somebody loses a presidential election, there are lots of explanations.
Terrorist groups are working and communicating across E.U. borders - our efforts to track those groups must do so as well.
Yemen is a symbol of our continued military hubris in the Middle East - an addiction Obama was supposed to cure but didn't.
I don't require a background check to contribute to my campaign. And so there are probably lots of people with unsavory backgrounds and pasts who have given to both Democrats and Republicans.
When I got to the Senate, I made overhauling our nation's mental health laws one of my top priorities.
I play in the congressional baseball game.
The world is a mess, and while there is no simple pill America can administer to fix things, what we know is that there is significant room for progressives to articulate a foreign policy vision that is truly our own.
I served on the committee in the U.S. House that wrote the Affordable Care Act. I defended it back home in endless town halls. I got elected to the Senate, and when no one wanted to stand up for the ACA in its early days, I took up the cause, going to the Senate floor nearly every week to extol its virtues.
I would be a rich man if I had a quarter for every time one of my Republican colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee utters some variation of the sentence, 'President Obama doesn't have a strategy to defeat ISIS.' It's their calling card on the committee - and on the campaign trail.
From the outside, Qatar and U.A.E. likely look like twins - small, oil-rich Sunni monarchies that are largely friendly to the U.S. But their philosophies on the region are very different - Qatar does not fear Islamism as does the U.A.E.
I've never met a Democrat in Congress who wants open borders or who doesn't believe in enforcing immigration laws.
The most powerful force when changing people's hearts and minds is a person-to-person conversation.
If we want our laws to change, we need to elect people who are willing to change them. — © Chris Murphy
If we want our laws to change, we need to elect people who are willing to change them.
As lawmakers, our job is to listen to our constituents. If our phones are ringing off the hook with people demanding to know where we stand on an issue, we pay attention.
I can't stand the idea of a veteran risking her or his life for this country, suffering the wounds of battle, and then being kicked to the curb as a result of those wounds. But that is exactly what has happened to tens of thousands of men & women who have fought and bled for our country.
Connecticut farmers keep our economy running.
The Mental Health Reform Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2016. It was one of my proudest moments in Congress.
People are working hard, they're doing everything we ask of them, and they are still struggling. It's not enough to just have a job. We need to make sure that these are good-paying jobs that pay the rent and put food on the table. Jobs that have benefits like health care and that allow people to save for retirement.
America's reputation is based on its ability to deliver the world big, Earth-changing solutions.
I have gone from a proponent of campaign finance reform to a revolutionary during my time in public service.
There's no denying that if I were designing a health care system from scratch, I'd build a Medicare for All system.
America doesn't have the moral authority or weight to tip the scales in this fight between moderate Islam and less tolerant Islam. Muslim communities and Muslim nations need to be leading edge of this fight.
Social media is such a key organizing and communication tool, and I've made a major commitment to use it as a way to make the legislative process as transparent as possible.
Creating deep and meaningful change in this country takes time - years and sometimes decades. — © Chris Murphy
Creating deep and meaningful change in this country takes time - years and sometimes decades.
It can be frustrating that, despite widespread support for common sense gun safety measures, Congress is moving at a snail's pace. But remember that great change takes time.
There is no doubt Assad deserves every missile we fire at him, but there's one big problem with air strikes - there is absolutely no proof it has any deterrent effect on Assad. To the contrary, history tells us these strikes will most likely quicken the pace of his assault on his own people.
Our veterans made a commitment to our country when they signed up.
The political alliance between the House of Saud and the conservative Wahhabi clerics is as old as the nation, and the alliance has resulted in billions funneled to and through the Wahhabi movement.
ISIL is a terrorist army like we have never seen - they cannot be ignored.
Here's the problem - under both Obama and Trump, American military forces and assistance have provided just enough support to anti-Assad forces to keep the resistance going, but never enough help to actually dislodge Assad from power.
Sympathy is important, but it rings hollow if not followed by action.
In 2013 and 2014, I traveled to Ukraine three times with Senator John McCain.
The most popular health care plan in the country is Medicare. It delivers the best care at the lowest cost - it's better than any other part of our health care system. But most people can only get it when they're over 65. I don't think you should have to wait that long.
The gun lobby is certainly politically powerful, but it loses as many races as it wins.
If you want to change our gun laws, the best thing you can do is find a group that speaks to you and get involved.
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