Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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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 concerning my work and views on National Security issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on National Security

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.

Mar 19, 2014 Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT—A bipartisan group of leading members of Congress today strongly urged Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to cut off taxpayer dollars to the Russian state-arms dealer, Rosoboronexport. The representatives on the letter, led by Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Kay Granger (R-TX), have worked to end future contracts with the company, but the Defense Department continues to implement an existing contract to purchase helicopters from the firm.

Dec 16, 2013 In The News

Farmington >> Three students from Hartford County and two from Litchfield County were nominated by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Mackenzie Henke of Avon and Spencer Persechino of Litchfield were nominated to West Point. Jill Friedman of Farmington and Wyatt Toczko of Burlington were nominated to the Naval Academy, and Paul Kang of Farmington was nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy.

Dec 5, 2013 In The News

Seventeen-year-old Maximilliam Holguin of Southbury grew up on stories of his father’s day’s piloting an Army scout helicopter, one grandfather’s service in Korea and another grandfather’s time on the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Gatling.

Holguin went to football games at his father’s alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and met his father’s classmates.

Dec 3, 2013 Press Release

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.