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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

September 14, 2017 Press Release
An amendment to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) passed the House last night by a vote of 279-137. The Torres-Esty amendment passed as part of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, will increase funding for MEP by $5 million in FY 2018. On Thursday, H.R. 3354 passed the house by the vote of 211-198 and now awaits further consideration by the Senate
September 6, 2017 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced today that Sikorsky has signed a $304 million contract with the U.S. Navy enabling Sikorsky to begin Connecticut construction of the first two production CH-53K “King Stallion” helicopters. The Marine Corps plans to procure 200 of these heavy lift helicopters from Sikorsky.
August 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As dairy farmers across New England continue to struggle with historically low milk prices, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Annie Kuster (NH-2) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 23 other members of Congress on Wednesday in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use its authority to provide dairy farmers with the relief and new insurance they desperately need.

August 22, 2017 In The News
Residents escaped the heat for a few moments Saturday morning as they ducked under the shade of a tent at the farmers market to receive state and federal subsidies for their fresh produce and other healthy food.
July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Brownfields Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and John Katko (R-NY), passed unanimously out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today, setting up the legislation for a House floor vote. Esty is the Vice Ranking Member of the Committee.

July 18, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today praised the advancement of legislation to provide the Amtrak National Network with $1.1 billion in funding in FY 2018.
July 12, 2017 In The News
Anyone who doubts that Connecticut is taking a lead in “green” energy has only to read reporter Brian Johnson’s description in Wednesday’s newspaper of a visit to Crowley Ford in Plainville by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
July 12, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today praised the Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement that it is no longer considering a new high-speed rail route along Connecticut’s coastline. Instead, the FRA announced that it will undertake a comprehensive approach to study how service can be improved between Connecticut and Rhode Island, while providing much-needed upgrades along existing corridors.
July 12, 2017 In The News
A local lawmaker is touting the the Federal Railroad Administration's decision to no longer consider a new high-speed rail route along Connecticut's coastline.
July 11, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Monday highlighted clean energy investments by Crowley Ford as part of the state’s Green Bank program.