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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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October 12, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced H.Res.1121, a resolution remembering Matthew Shepard and affirming Congress’ support for the LGBTQIA+ community and opposition to hate crimes. October 12, 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, who on October 7, 1998, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of Laramie, Wyoming and left to die. He succumbed to his injuries on October 12, 1998. Esty introduced the resolution with a bipartisan group of more than 80 cosponsors, including Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Rep. John Larson (CT-1), Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2), and Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4).
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October 9, 2018 Press Release
Current Law Prohibits FEMA Disaster Aid to Homeowners to Clear Fallen Trees Clearing Fallen Trees Can Cost Tens of Thousands of Dollars
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today announced introduction of the Diversifying Emergency Benchmarks for the Recovery of Individuals after Storms (DEBRIS) Act to end the harmful and unnecessary ban on federal disaster relief aid to homeowners for fallen trees and debris.
October 5, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Congressman John Larson (CT-1), and Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced H.Res.1115, which would express support for designating October 8, 2018 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. The date October 8 was chosen because it is symbolic of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). Esty introduced the measure with Rep. John Faso (R-NY), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).
October 4, 2018 Press Release
The State of Connecticut has been awarded over $30 million in Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will be used to help finance community-based water infrastructure projects, including for public drinking water systems and municipal sewage plants.
September 28, 2018 Press Release
Bill includes Esty initiative to improve access to female veteran counseling
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised her Republican and Democratic colleagues coming together to pass H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. The bill also included language from Esty’s bill, H.R. 4635, Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act, which would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans. The Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act took language and initiatives from Esty’s original bill, H.R. 2452, the Deborah Sampson Act, which Esty introduced in March 2017.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
The final FAA bill included language to include Esty’s bill, the Promoting Women in Aviation Workforce Act
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the passage of H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The measure passed the House by a vote of 398-23. Additionally, Esty was able to secure her bill, H.R. 4673, the Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act, into the final text of the overall bill as well.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Esty has advocated for funding for burn pits research since coming to Congress
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) celebrated H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, being signed into law after it was announced that on Friday, September 21, that President Trump had signed it. The bill included language from Esty’s bill, H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act.
September 20, 2018 Press Release
Letter comes following DoD’s decision to not attend a Congressional hearing on burn pits
After the Department of Defense declined to attend a hearing held by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on burn pits and toxic exposures, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis to call on the agency to release information about what steps the Department of Defense is taking to enhance understanding of the health effects associated with exposure to burn pits.
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Esty has advocated for funding for burn pits research since coming to Congress
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, by a vote of 377-20. The bill, also known as the minibus, included language from Esty’s bill, H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. Esty introduced the measure with Rep. Peter King (NY-2).
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Three of Esty’s original amendments made it into the final text of the bill
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, by voice vote. The bill is a compromise version that contains much of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018, which the House passed in June. The new bill, S. 3021, contains three of the four amendments Esty was able to adopt into H.R. 8.

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