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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


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

March 20, 2017 In The News

NEW BRITAIN — As U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty pointed to the site of New Britain’s old police station Monday morning, she said the future of similar parcels around the state could be threatened by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which, she said cuts money for brownfields site remediation.

“The new president’s budget would kill the program,” the 5th District Democrat said. “I am submitting legislation that would fully fund this program. This is a really important program, especially in districts like ours.”

March 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the budget outline released by President Trump:
March 9, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today called on President Donald Trump to make public a detailed plan to rebuild and revitalize America’s infrastructure following a comprehensive report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
March 6, 2017 In The News

TORRINGTON >> U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) met with veterans from across the Northwest Corner Monday afternoon to discuss their thoughts and concerns with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as she adjusts to a new role on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Esty was elected to the committee in February, and is the ranking member on the subcommittee on disability benefits and memorial affairs, she said Monday.

March 5, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY – The Federal Railroad Administration is reviewing comments on early plans for a high-speed railroad between Washington, D.C., and Boston, including a request from U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty to switch to an inland route.

Amtrak proposed a high-speed rail line, which would vastly enhance and expand existing service on the Northeast Corridor, in 2010. In December, the Federal Railroad Administration released an environmental study that recommended a route that runs along Connecticut’s shoreline from New York City, before crossing into Rhode Island en route to Boston.

March 1, 2017 In The News

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — With Connecticut standing firm as a true Blue State, the state's top Democratic officials issued statements critical of President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening.

March 1, 2017 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – On Sunday, March 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask Esty questions concerning their community, the direction of the country, and Esty’s work in Congress.

March 1, 2017 In The News

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – President Donald Trump Tuesday signed into law two pieces of legislation authored jointly by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican.

March 1, 2017 In The News

Lego on board. Lego has announced that it will produce a Women in NASA set. Yesterday's announcement was made after more than 10,000 Lego fans voted up the idea on an official Lego website that the company considers for future projects. The set includes Lego versions of Katherine Johnson, the NASA computer scientist who worked on the Apollo project, astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. Science writer Maia Weinstock came up with the idea..

February 28, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, tonight issued the following statement after President Trump’s address to Congress: