Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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Jobs and the Economy

Rep. Esty Visits Ward Leonard Electric Company in Thomaston

Across the 5th District, I’ve heard from business owners, educators, young people and parents that we need to redouble our efforts on middle-class job creation. Too many young people do not see Connecticut as a place of opportunity and our businesses are looking for skilled workers to help their companies to grow and thrive.  We have a real opportunity to set a thoughtful course to long-term job growth and rebuilding a robust middle class in the 5th District, in Connecticut and across our country.

American workers can and do compete with the best in the world – but they need the benefit of a level playing field.  That means closing tax loopholes that reward companies who ship our jobs oversees, and it means enforcing our trades laws.

Here at home, we need to reward innovation and ensure businesses in our community have the support they need to grow and compete. We must invest in research and development in the clean energy sector to create good jobs in technology, manufacturing and construction. We must help our small business thrive, innovate and hire by providing access to capital, reducing unnecessary red tape, and making sure small business taxes are fair and encourage growth. We must also ensure our workers have the skills those businesses need to compete with skills training and investments in our community colleges.

Finally, we must make strategic investments in long-term growth – infrastructure, energy and education.  For our economy to recover, we must be willing to invest in that recovery.

For more information on my work and views on growing our economy or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.


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More on Jobs and the Economy

Jun 29, 2015 In The News

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) says when he visited Dogfish Brewery's bottling plant in his state last year, he was struck by the quiet and clean environment where eight members of a 24-person team worked a shift that required the ability to program computers, troubleshoot issues and monitor quality control. This is not the setting some of today's parents might envision, however, when they think of a manufacturer.

Jun 19, 2015 Press Release

WATERTOWN, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on Congress to stop endangering hundreds of thousands of American jobs and act immediately to avert the impending expiration of a key engine of job creation: the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. Esty expressed her concerns on a factory tour at Click Bond Inc., a developer and manufacturer of fastening hardware and adhesive bonding processes for the aerospace, surface transportation, maritime, and energy markets.

Jun 19, 2015 In The News

Connecticut will receive nearly $3.9 million from the federal government to develop innovative job-training programs focused on regional and industry-specific collaborations, the state said Friday.

The announcement came one day after the state said it added 6,400 jobs in May and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, the lowest in seven years.

Apr 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against the joint resolution locking in place the harmful Congressional Republican budget. Esty previously voted against the House Republican budget.

Mar 20, 2015 In The News

A measure establishing a program to encourage the proliferation of engineering programs in colleges and universities has been proposed with bipartisan support, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.

The so-called “Manufacturing Universities Act” would offer $5 million annually to colleges with the intention of improving engineering programs with an emphasis on manufacturing and support for students in those programs.

Mar 19, 2015 In The News

Rep. Elizabeth Esty is the lead sponsor of a bill to link engineering education to high-tech manufacturing through specific grants to colleges and universities with engineering programs.

The Manufacturing Universities Act would provide grants of up to $5 million annually over four years for college-level programs. It has some bipartisan support with Rep. Chris Collins, R-Buffalo, signing up as a co-sponsor. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is among those co-sponsoring a companion bill in the Senate along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) joined Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Mike Thompson (D-CA) in introducing the bipartisan Manufacturing Universities Act.

Mar 11, 2015 In The News

DANBURY — Locally developed programs to address the ongoing need for a skilled workforce in manufacturing are “cutting edge,” and a model for the rest of the country to follow, a top federal labor official visiting Danbury said Tuesday.

“I was really wowed,” Christopher Lu, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, said at Henry Abbott Technical High School. “Connecticut is really on the cutting edge. The leveraging of under-utilized state resources as part of the program is brilliant.”

Feb 26, 2015 Press Release

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:

Feb 23, 2015 In The News

NEW BRITAIN — What classes should I take?

What activities or clubs do I want to take part in?

How can I turn my major into a profitable career?

These are just some of the questions that typically run through the minds of college students on a regular basis. There’s also a frightening one that may pop into their heads more than any other these days — how am I going to afford my education?