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 supported a budget that reflects our priorities in central and northwest Connecticut – helping create jobs, investing in transportation and infrastructure and education, and keeping our commitments to our seniors.
We need serious solutions. We cannot afford to live under the threat of default and we cannot govern by gimmicks, 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 concerning my work and views on Fiscal Responsibility issues, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
More on Fiscal Responsibility
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.
Since taking office, I've had the honor of meeting with business owners from around our district and our state. They are eager to share with me their successes as well as their concerns. When I ask what I can do to support them as they grow their businesses and create jobs, many say the same thing: Congress must fix our broken immigration system.