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 concerning my work and views on National Security issues, please contact me.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 3626, legislation that would extend a federal ban on guns designed to evade detection by metal detectors. The federal ban is set to expire on December 9, 2013. Recently Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions used procedural tactics to hold up passage of the extension in the Senate. The legislation was previously reauthorized by Congress in 2003 with unanimous support in both the House and the Senate.
WASHINGTON, DC – Following commemoration services at the U.S. Capitol, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in advance of the President’s speech tonight on Syria.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty told about 65 constituents gathered outside the Cheshire Public Library on the evening of Sept. 4 that she has a wait and see attitude about involvement in Syria.
“This is an extremely confusing and important time for our country,” she said. “We are asking the questions. We need to understand what we are going to do, what the outcome will be.”
Esty, a Democrat representing the 5th District, stood behind a table as people signed in and individually approached her with questions and comments.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement today regarding the President's decision to seek Congressional authorization for military action in Syria. Last week, Esty joined more than 100 House colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama, urging him to consult with Congress before taking military action in Syria. Esty will attend a classified breifing on Syria in Washington this afternoon.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty joined 153 of her colleagues in writing to President Barack Obama to express continuing concerns about the NSA's bulk telecommunications data program and urging the President to work with Congress to examine the operations of the NSA and consider amendments to existing law that strengthen the balance between our national security and Americans’ civil liberties.
Below is the full text of the letter:
July 26, 2013
“As Americans we greatly value our privacy. Prohibiting the use of funds by the NSA to target Americans, as the Pompeo Amendment does, and providing reasonable protections of American citizens’ personally identifiable information are common sense actions we should take to protect civil liberties but more can and should be done. The Patriot Act and our national security laws need to be revisited, debated, and reformed.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed a version of the FY14 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, that includes amendments introduced by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) to support efforts to prevent military suicide as well as support services for members of the National Guard and Reserve. Esty held a veterans roundtable in Simsbury earlier this month to hear directly about the issues facing veterans. The epidemic of suicides among veterans and military service members was among the issues raised during the discussion.
(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) announced today a $56,296 grant to purchase an interactive safety simulation trailer to provide hands-on safety training and guidance for Meriden residents.
The grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.