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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

November 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on her vote against the House’s partisan tax bill that would double-tax Connecticut families and eliminate countless popular tax deductions:
November 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s (CT-05) bipartisan Women in Aerospace Education Act (H.R. 4254) passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee by voice vote this morning. The bill would encourage universities applying for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grants, which are designed to cover the cost of STEM-degree seeking students who intend to teach in rural and lower income school districts, to incorporate aerospace programs at the National Laboratories and NASA Centers into their teacher training experience. Esty, along with Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), introduced the legislation to encourage more women to participate in the STEM fields.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) denounced the Republican tax plan that was unveiled last week and is being marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee this week. 
 
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to promote more female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
November 2, 2017 Press Release
Following the introduction of long-awaited legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax code, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) decried the inclusion of a proposal to reduce the state and local tax (SALT) deduction claimed by middle-class families in Connecticut each year
October 25, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The White House announced today that it will direct Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to initiate a pilot program for local drone rules and regulations through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The proposal mirrors an amendment to the Aviation, Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act cosponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice-Ranking Member Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5).
October 25, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the formation of a new, bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus to focus on investment in the nation’s outdated roads, bridges, rails, airports, transit, wastewater systems, and drinking water. Esty was joined by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-6). The lawmakers worked closely with Infrastructure Week, a roundtable of organizations from the business and labor communities, to develop the effort.
October 19, 2017 Press Release
Before Amazon is set to choose the location of their recently announced $5 billion second North American headquarters, called “Amazon HQ2”, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) urged Amazon to make Connecticut their home.
October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain
September 27, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement following the release of the Republican tax plan: