Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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National Security

I'm working hard in Congress to provide our Armed Forces with the resources they need to provide a strong national defense and defend our national security.

As Americans, we greatly value our privacy and civil liberties. I strongly believe that the Patriot Act and our national security laws must be revisited, debated, and reformed. But when our security is at risk, reforms must be targeted and thoughtful, not broad and hasty. I am working with colleagues from both parties to craft meaningful, thoughtful reform to our intelligence programs in a way that both saves lives and protects the privacy rights of all Americans.

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

More on National Security

Apr 14, 2015 Press Release

A nuclear-armed Iran is clearly counter to our national security and to the security of our allies in the region. Strong international economic sanctions have brought Iran to the negotiating table, which is why it's critical that these tough sanctions stay in place until the Iranians verifiably comply with disarmament requirements. I believe diplomacy can best achieve our goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon now or in the future, particularly when assessing the alternatives.

Apr 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the recent developments in the nuclear disarmament negotiations among the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany), the European Union, and Iran.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) continued her call on House Republicans to pass a clean funding bill before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is forced to shut down tomorrow, Saturday, February 28. Esty joined every House Democrat in cosponsoring H.R. 1024, a clean bill to fund DHS and avoid the looming shutdown. She has repeatedly voted to bring this bill up for a vote.

Feb 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) urged House Republicans to pass a clean funding bill before the Department of Homeland Security is forced to shut down on Saturday, February 28.

Jan 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the recent arrest of Christopher Lee Cornell, an Ohio resident and an ISIS affiliate who was allegedly plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.

“Terrorist plots like the one the FBI just prevented remind us how important it is to remain vigilant against threats to our national security. I’m grateful to our law enforcement and the other hard-working men and women who dedicate their lives each and every day to protecting our country and keeping us safe.”

Jan 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015, H.R. 240. House Republicans included “poison pill” amendments to the bill to fund homeland security that would roll back important immigration reforms and prevent the Department from targeting enforcement resources on deporting felons and violent criminals.

Dec 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded a $14.5 million increase in funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) included in the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, H.R. 83. In total, the bill includes $73 million for NICS. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the omnibus bill later this week.

Sep 9, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on her vote opposing H.Res. 644, a resolution condemning President Obama and the administration over the prisoner swap that secured the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Apr 14, 2014 In The News

U.S. Reps. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, and Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3rd District, are urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to terminate Department of Defense contracts with a Russian arms dealer in light of Russia's recent takeover of Crimea.

In a recent letter, leading members of Congress, led by Esty and DeLauro, urged Hagel to "cancel contracts with Rosoboronexport for the delivery of Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan National Security Forces, for supplying spare parts or for the sustained maintenance of these helicopters."

Mar 27, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the passage of the Ukraine Support Act, H.R. 4278. The bill passed with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 399 to 19.