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.

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

More on Jobs and the Economy

Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee unanimously approved the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, H.R. 2996. Esty is a member of the committee and a cosponsor of the bill.

Jul 24, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement against the House Republican majority blocking a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act, H.R. 851. Esty is a co-author of the bill.

Jul 17, 2014 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional delegation today announced a $1.2 million federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Recruitment and Retention grant for the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association to help recruit and retain local volunteer firefighters. The funds will help support 15 local departments over a two-year period through marketing campaigns, mentoring programs, technology, planning, media assistance, and leadership training.

Jul 15, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing like being there, as the saying goes -- and for Dr. Robert Bedoukian, of Danbury, on Tuesday, "there" was the White House.

He is president of Bedoukian Research, a small business started in 1972 by Bedoukian's father. It's a flavor and fragrance company employing 65 people in Danbury. Tuesday, he participated with Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., in a White House Roundtable discussion on exports.

Jul 9, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed today by a bipartisan vote of 415-6. WIOA is now heading to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Jul 2, 2014 In The News

DANBURY -- Danbury High School students have the chance to become technology engineers during a state summer mobile app designing project.

The pilot project for the CT Pre-Engineering Program is to stimulate students' knowledge and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and math.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., visited the school Wednesday to learn more about the program and congratulate the students on creating their mobile apps.

Jul 2, 2014 In The News

MERIDEN — The thousands of Central American children traveling across the U.S. border are not just doing so to flee gangs, poverty and violence.

They are also getting the message from parents and relatives here in the U.S. that children have a free pass, said Ellen Messali, staff attorney for the International Institute of Connecticut.

Jun 11, 2014 In The News

Reps. Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty are speaking out against the Transportation, Housing & Urban Development Appropriations Act, which is expected to be voted on Tuesday night.

The two Democrats from Connecticut say the measure does not adequately fund the nation’s transportation needs.

Jun 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Today marks the 51st anniversary of Congress passing the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

“Our country has made great strides in moving towards equal pay for equal work, but we still have a tremendously long way to go,” said Esty. “Women deserve equal pay, and anything less is unacceptable.