Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

February 4, 2021

Senate Democrats Support Governor’s Latest Executive Order

Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, and Senator Marilyn Moore released statements supporting the executive orders announced today by Governor Lamont.

“Today’s group of emergency orders from Governor Lamont confirms what everyone in Connecticut understands except Republicans in the General Assembly: our state remains in a state of public health emergency,” said Senate President Martin Looney and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff. “Connecticut needs to remain ready to act nimbly in anticipation of challenges and to protect the public’s health. This pandemic is not over and we cannot let our guard down.”

“We would like to thank Governor Lamont for taking these steps to provide more locations for testing and vaccinations, allow more flexibility for religious gatherings, continue safe voting options, and protect state benefits,” continued Senators Looney and Duff. “We are especially pleased that these orders include a continuation of providing two weeks of paid leave for school employees. We have heard from so many teachers and other staff about the importance of this issue and are pleased to have been able to work with Governor Lamont to extend these benefits.”

“Connecticut was positioned to benefit tremendously from the work of our federal delegation by passing the CARES Act II stimulus bill,” said Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), Senate Chair of the Human Services Committee. “However, Connecticut needed to remain in a state of emergency in order for today’s executive action to capture all the federal funding that Congress made available. For those thousands of families relying on Medicaid and SNAP this ensures your benefits will not stop during these challenging times.”