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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.  We have a real opportunity 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 with skills training and investments in our community colleges.

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.

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

More on Jobs and the Economy

February 6, 2018 Press Release
Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), John Katko (NY-24), Peter Welch (VT-AL), and John Faso (NY-19) introduced the Rural Infrastructure Development and Partnerships Act, legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s coordination with rural communities and helping small towns receive aid in planning, designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement on the fifth Congressional short-term funding bill since September of 2017, a measure she will oppose:
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) introduced the Rural Infrastructure Development and Partnerships Act, legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s coordination with rural communities and helping small towns receive aid in planning, designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure. Esty released the bill along with Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Rep. John Faso (NY-19), as well as Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL).
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening
January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement announcing her opposition to the fourth short-term government spending measure under consideration in Congress since September:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Committee, and Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the Job TOOLS for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to expand access to job training resources for veterans of all eras and their spouses, this afternoon. 

January 10, 2018 Press Release
Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus released a new report with bipartisan policy recommendations to build a 21st century infrastructure network for America. The forty-eight member bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Tom Reed (NY-23) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), launched an Infrastructure Working Group to find consensus on a bipartisan set of policies to serve as the bedrock for a plan that addresses the dire need to rebuild and responsibly invest in infrastructure across the United States.
December 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish a new Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The board would promote organizations and programs providing education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women into the aviation industry. Esty’s legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), and Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45). 

December 19, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House’s passage of a partisan tax giveaway to big corporations and the wealthy paid for by adding to the debt for future generations of Americans:
December 19, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)’s bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to encourage women and girls’ participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields passed the House today by a vote of 409-17.