Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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Jobs and the Economy

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.  Then there are those who are struggling to find a job or just hang onto the one they have.  
We need 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 by focusing on vocational training in high school, coupled with apprenticeships and 1 or 2 years of post high school education.

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.

I look forward to hearing from you.

See also information on Jobs and resources for Businesses.

Rep. Esty Visits Ward Leonard Electric Company in Thomaston
                                       Rep. Esty Visits Ward Leonard Electric Company in Thomaston

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Apr 16, 2014
In The News


MERIDEN — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty toured several city locations Monday, including Middlesex Community College, where she spoke about flood control plans and education.

Esty held a question-and-answer session with the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at Middlesex Community College and spoke about her plans to help Meriden secure money for it’s flood control plan and redevelopment of the former Hub site between State and Pratt streets.

Apr 11, 2014
In The News

TORRINGTON >> Farmers in the northwest corner want to continue supporting sustainable agriculture.

That’s the message U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, said she heard the loudest during a roundtable discussion about the ramifications of the Farm Bill on local communities and farmers at City Hall Friday.

Apr 10, 2014
Press Release

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:

Apr 9, 2014
Press Release

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut House delegation have each written letters to federal officials urging immediate action to be taken on legislation extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).

Mar 13, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) successfully offered two bipartisan amendments to boost workforce development and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The amendments were based off of Rep. Esty’s bills, the STEM Jobs Act and the First STEP Act.

Mar 3, 2014
In The News

Washington -- Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, scored a legislative win Friday as the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved her amendment to the “Windstorm Impact Reduction Act.”

The bill would reauthorize a federal program that seeks to reduce loss of life and property from hurricanes and tornadoes though studies of the effects of these disasters and implementation of mitigation measures.

Feb 28, 2014
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement about Governor Malloy’s announcement Tuesday on the $500 million investment by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Connecticut.                                                                                                            

Feb 27, 2014
Press Release


Feb 14, 2014
In The News


Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, on Friday got an up-close look at students preparing for jobs of the future with a tour of Oliver Wolcott Technical High School.

"The modern face of manufacturing is really quite different, and it's important that families and young people see the exciting things happening in Connecticut," Esty said while standing in the school's Manufacturing Technology shop. "We have 5,000 manufacturers in Connecticut, and a lot of them are doing cutting-edge work and exporting around the world."

Feb 14, 2014
In The News

Torrington Register-Citizen

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, toured Oliver Wolcott Technical High School Friday to meet with students, teachers, and staff to discuss the importance of manufacturing education.

Esty recently introduced two bills, the Supporting Teachers and Enhancing Manufacturing (STEM) Jobs Act, H.R. 3243 and the First Supporting Training for Employment Potential (STEP) Act, H.R. 3244, both designed to boost workforce development and support STEM education.