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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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?

Feb 9, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON -- A Connecticut congresswoman on Friday criticized a passenger rail investment bill for not authorizing new money for a safety system that has been chronically underfunded for years and could help save lives in train accidents.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., who is on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants additional funding for implementation of Positive Train Control technologies that are designed to prevent rail accidents and mitigate human error through monitoring train movements and systems.

Jan 27, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, introduced the American Jobs Matter Act, H.R. 479, on Thursday, saying the legislation will support American manufacturers and boost job creation. The bill is the House counterpart to Sen. Chris Murphy’s bill in the Senate, S. 26.