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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Esty is getting things done in Washington

June 28, 2017
In The News

Listening to the news from Washington, one would think the government was in frozen deadlock, with nothing getting done. But the good news is that our 5th District U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is proving that government can continue to get things done, for those who work hard and reach across the aisle.

Elizabeth Esty’s legislation, HR 255, was the first bill that President Trump signed into law. It gives federal help to launch women in careers in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. It encourages them to start their own STEM focused businesses. These are areas where women are very underrepresented. A young woman from Sharon is majoring in chemical engineering at UConn, exactly what this bill would encourage other young women to do.

Elizabeth’s second bill, HR 321, was adopted by both houses unanimously. It improves support for women making careers at NASA.

Esty’s ability to get things done inspired the Republican chair of the Committee on Veterans Affairs to ask her to draft legislation to overhaul the current appeals process facing wounded veterans. It shows the respect members of the committee have for Elizabeth for getting things done. Her bill to modernize the appeals process passed the House unanimously.

After the brutal shooting of Republican representatives at baseball practice in Virginia recently, the need to calm the political rhetoric becomes more acute. That is what Elizabeth is doing, quietly working to get bills passed in Congress to the admiration of representatives on both sides of the aisle.