Over the past decade, irresponsible spending and borrowing in Washington has created a financial crisis that threatens future generations and limits our immediate ability to appropriately prioritize needed investments. We need to balance the budget, but we must be smart about it. We shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of seniors or at the expense of investments in infrastructure that creates jobs. In Congress, I’m working for smart, targeted cuts to reduce the deficit that take us in the right direction and do not add to the debt.
That’s why I support a budget that reflects our priorities in central and northwest Connecticut – helping create good-paying jobs, investing in transportation and our children's education, and keeping our commitments to our seniors.
We need serious solutions. We cannot afford to live under the threat of default or government shutdowns, both of which put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy and undermine the predictability businesses need to make long-term investments. I’m committed to working for long-term solutions to boost job creation and reduce our debt in smart ways.
For more information on my work and views on the budget and smart spending or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
More on Fiscal Responsibility
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) testified before the House Budget Committee on the budget for Fiscal Year 2016. She outlined budget priorities for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and hard-working families throughout central and northwest Connecticut with the end goal of creating a bipartisan budget that envisions a smarter, leaner government, creates a climate for good-paying jobs, and increases opportunity for all.
A full transcript of her testimony follows:
Congress is currently debating the federal budget. I want to hear your thoughts on what you think is important—and we’ll do a hands-on activity together to explore these priorities. I hope you can make it!
**Note: due to inclement weather, this event is rescheduled from its orinigal date, Monday, February 9, 2015.
Tax season is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a drastic rise in identity theft and tax fraud schemes. That’s why I’m hosting a workshop at New Britain Senior Center on Tuesday, where representatives from the CT Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner, the Federal Trade Commission, and the IRS will join me in providing you with resources to identify common scams and protect yourself and your families.
Today marks the first day of the 114th Congress. The current challenges facing our country are great, but so are the opportunities for progress. I strongly believe—and I have heard from many of you—that Congress owes more to the American people than inaction and excuses. There are areas of common ground where Congress can and must work together to move our country forward.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, H.R. 83.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the passage of the Conference Report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), H.R. 3080. WRRDA passed nearly unanimously, by a vote of 412 to 4. Esty, a cosponsor of WRRDA, worked extensively on the bill as a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
NEW BRITAIN, CT – On Tax Day, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) renewed her call for Congress to take steps to restore predictability for small businesses and fairness for middle-class families. She released the following statement:
“Our current tax code is absurdly complex, and, frankly, makes no sense. We need a tax code that supports working families. Tax Day is the time for Congress to work together on reforms that close tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas, end special interest tax breaks, and value the hard work of middle-class families.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against U.S. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s extreme budget proposal. Instead, she supported a responsible budget offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Esty’s statement on her votes is below:
TORRINGTON >> A piece of federal legislation designed to ease the financial distress of homeowners facing rising premiums after a recent overhaul of the flood insurance program was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act passed by a vote of 306 to 91 after a House vote was postponed on Feb. 27 over concerns about revisions regarding caps on premiums, according to Laura Maloney, communications director for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, CT-5.