Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

Press Releases

Himes Congratulates Stamford Police Officer Wayne James Honored as Top Cop

May 13, 2009 Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Jim Himes congratulated Stamford Police Officer Wayne James who has received an honorable mention award from Top Cops for heroically saving the life of a domestic violence victim and a fellow officer. The National Association of Police Officers (NAPO) facilitates the Top Cops program.

Himes Cosponsors Legislation to Eliminate Pay to Play in Earmarks

May 12, 2009 Press Release

Washington, DC--- Congressman Jim Himes today cosponsored legislation that would ban lawmakers from taking campaign contributions from executives, board members, and lobbyists of organizations that receive earmark requests from that Member of Congress.

Himes Votes to Reform Mortgage Industry and Protect Consumers

May 7, 2009 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes helped pass the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2009, aimed at curbing the confusing, abusive, and predatory lending that helped create the foreclosure crisis.  The bill would outlaw many of the mortgage industry practices that marked the subprime lending boom, and it would deter borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qual

Himes Announces Release over $1 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Support Senior Nutrition Programs in Connecticut

May 6, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services will award $1,157,671 million in Recovery Act funding to provide meals to tens of thousands of Connecticut seniors in need.

Himes Announces Recovery Funding for Public Safety, Crime Prevention

May 6, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today announced $2.4 million in funding for local law enforcement and crime prevention for communities in Connecticut’s 4th District, including $1.6 million for the City of Bridgeport, through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

Himes to Host Credit Counseling Forums in Bridgeport and Stamford Saturday and Monday

May 5, 2009 Press Release

Bridgeport, DC--- Congressman Jim Himes will hold credit counseling workshops in Bridgeport and Stamford on Saturday and Monday, respectively. The forums will include presentations from experts in personal debt management and financial literacy.

Himes Announces Seniors, Veterans Begin Receiving $250 Recovery Checks This Week

May 5, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes announced today that starting tomorrow Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries in Connecticut will begin receiving $250 checks to supplement their regular benefits. The one-time payments are part of the Recovery Act passed by Congress and earlier this year and will directly help over 550,000 Connecticut residents.


Applications Open Today for 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

April 30, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Veterans eligible for education benefits under the Webb-Mitchell GI Bill can begin applying for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs online today.  Members of the military who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, including activated reservists and members of the National Guard, receive up to four academic years of education benefits, including stipend


Himes Helps Pass Credit Card Holder Bill of Rights

April 30, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes today helped pass the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights (H.R. 627), which will protect consumers from certain confusing, abusive, and expensive practices of credit card companies. Consumer credit card debt is now approaching $1 trillion—double the amount held in 1996.

Himes Congratulates Westport Environmental Activists on EPA Award

April 21, 2009 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes today congratulated the four members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) who championed the town’s now-existing ban on disposable retail plastic bags.