Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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NEWTOWN: People from across our state and around the country have expressed in emails, letters and phone calls, their grief and outrage at what happened on the morning of December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the lives of twenty children and six women were stolen.

Our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to the students, parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary, to the brave first responders, to the whole Newtown community, and to all those who loved and knew the victims.  As a mother who has been a room parent in a first grade classroom, I join the millions around the world who have been devastated by the loss of these treasured young lives and their dedicated teachers.

In the time that’s past since that unspeakable horror, I have attempted to be present and to serve, in whatever way I can, the people of Newtown, Connecticut during the darkest of days. I witnessed, first-hand, the unparalleled resilience, courage, and generosity of our police, state troopers, firefighters, teachers, families, Red Cross volunteers, local officials, state officials, and everyone who has pulled together to see Newtown through this time of tragedy. 

It is with clear eyes that I see the long road ahead of us. First and foremost in my thoughts and in my actions will be to continue to serve the people of Newtown and the 5th District.  I will work to ensure that in the days, weeks, and months ahead that this community has the support it needs to grieve, to heal, and to begin rebuilding lives. This is the immediate task before me as their public servant.

As we move forward, there is much that can, and must, be done by us as a nation. Make no mistake -- I stand ready to act. Let us honor those who lost their lives, in this tragedy and those similar tragedies around this country, by ensuring that such unconscionable horror is not visited upon another child, another family, or another community.

In meeting with law enforcement, our first responders, mental health professionals, and community leaders in Newtown and across our state, it is clear to me that we must take comprehensive action. That means commonsense gun policies - reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole and placing a ban on high-capacity magazine clips - as well as making a firm and lasting commitment to mental health services and a national conversation about the culture of violence in our society.

I am committed to the long road ahead, working with the President, members of Congress, law enforcement, and our community leaders, mental health professionals and clergy, to ensure that such a horrific tragedy never again devastates another community.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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Mar 14, 2014
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SOUTHBURY — Sixteen-year-old Sarah Cava of Roxbury has met U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, a couple of times.

This time, though, her father, Gregory J. Cava, a Roxbury-based lawyer, wanted to meet with the congresswoman Saturday at Southbury Town Hall.

"She's always ready to talk, and ready to listen about what her constituents are doing," said Sarah, a junior at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Conn. "It's just very nice to meet with her and reassuring that your interests are being listened to."

Mar 14, 2014
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NEWTOWN -- Saturday would have been Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Dylan Hockley's eighth birthday.

A crowd of 80 gathered at Edmond Town Hall to send off Team 26 on its second annual Sandy Hook Ride to Washington.

In the crowd, Kim Macey's dog, Waldo, wore a purple leash in honor of Dylan's birthday. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the children in the audience forward to stand on the steps of Edmond Town Hall.

Mar 6, 2014
Press Release

Rep. Elizabeth Esty thanks Team 26 for continuing the call for commonsense gun violence prevention reform. Team 26 begins its second "Ride on Washington" on Saturday, March 8, 2014, when they will ride their bikes 400 miles from Newtown CT to Washington DC to honor victims of gun violence. Watch video below:

Feb 3, 2014
Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced $9,828,252 for Connecticut’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released 90 percent of the state’s total FY2014 LIHEAP funds in November under the Continuing Resolution of 2014. Today’s nearly $10 million figure represents Connecticut’s remaining LIHEAP funds for this fiscal year, which total $77,412,553.

Jan 31, 2014
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello’s decision upholding Connecticut’s ban of 138 assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Jan 29, 2014
In The News

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic lawmakers is seeking to revive stalled gun control efforts on Capitol Hill, after President Barack Obama pledged in his State of the Union address Tuesday to take action "with or without Congress."

Jan 29, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding her vote against the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill conference report negotiated from the House and Senate versions of the bill. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 251 to 166.

Jan 13, 2014
Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Congressman John B. Larson, and Congressman Joe Courtney applauded the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service’s decision not to count the volunteer hours of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel when determining an employer’s full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act. The decision confirms that the employer shared responsibility requirement does not apply to volunteer departments.