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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Unlike many in Congress, Esty is getting things done

June 24, 2017
In The News

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

Esty’s legislation, House Resolution 255, was one of the first bills 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 the University of Connecticut – exactly what this bill encourages other young women to do.

Esty’s second bill, HR 321, was unanimously adopted by both houses of Congress. It improves support for women making careers in NASA.

Esty’s ability to get things done inspired Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, to ask her to draft legislation to overhaul the current appeals process facing wounded veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It shows the respect members of the committee have for Esty for getting things done.

Her bill to modernize the appeals process passed the House unanimously.

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