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Local Congressman Hears from Unemployed

ENFIELD — The federal law that governs about $6.2 billion in job training funds, job programs for disadvantaged youth, and support for job seekers was revised last month. It's not entirely clear how those revisions will be implemented, but Tuesday, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, visited Enfield's CTWorks center to talk about the new law and hear from job seekers.

"It was almost miraculous this bill moved forward," Courtney said, given the partisan rancor in the House of Representatives. Both Republicans and Democrats agreed on the goals of streamlining training programs — 15 programs were eliminated, though in practice, 12 had already lost all...