Sen. Murphy continues his annual ‘Walk Across Connecticut’
LITCHFIELD, CT (WFSB) - Sen. Chris Murphy is on his third day of his annual “Walk Across Connecticut” Wednesday.
He stopped in several towns in the greater Waterbury region.
Murphy is making sure he stays on top of what he should be fighting for in Washington.
One conversation at a time, one step at a time.
“One of the reasons I do this walk is to try to show people how much I appreciate this job, I want people to understand I don’t take this for granted,” Murphy said.
Each day on this year’s four day walk, he walks 15 to 20 miles.
Murphy learns what issues are on peoples’ minds.
What mostly comes up are personal, local issues.
He says it helps him keep his agenda in the capitol focused on Connecticut.
“I kayaked into the state with a handful of folks who were able to talk to me about the importance of the federal government to work to keep the Housatonic River clean. I’m pushing to get the Housatonic River declared a National Wild and Scenic River, which would qualify Connecticut for more resources to clean up the river,” said Murphy.
National issues come up as well.
On this walk, Murphy said gun violence is the main one, especially in light of the tragedy in Highland Park Illinois, and the bipartisan gun bill that recently passed.
“I’ve spoken mostly to people who are very appreciative of the bill we passed, also talked to people who thought we talked too far,” said Murphy.
At the end of the day, Murphy will end up in Naugatuck.
Part of Murphy’s day included a pit stop at Waterbury’s Family and Children’s Aid location, for a roundtable with U.S. Health And Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and other elected and community leaders.
His plan is to wrap up the walk on Thursday when he reaches New Haven.
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