Esty Votes No On Supplemental Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement in response to the House’s vote on a supplemental government funding measure. Esty voted “no” on the legislation, which passed the House 251—169.
“My district is home to 75,000 Americans with ties to Puerto Rico. Community and religious groups in Meriden, New Britain, Waterbury, Roxbury, and across central and northwestern Connecticut have been collecting water and clothing to send to Puerto Rico to help those whose homes and lives were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. And hundreds of families have left the island to come to Connecticut, many enrolling their children in our schools.
“Ninety-two days after Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, power has been restored to only 60 percent of the island, leaving hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans still without electricity months after this devastating storm,” Esty said. “This bill woefully fails to provide an adequate amount of relief to an island that is already facing fiscal insolvency, failing to provide the much needed cost sharing waivers or resolve Puerto Rico’s Medicaid crisis.
“Across our district here in Connecticut, folks have shared with me their frustrations at being left helpless and unable to reach their loved ones, much less help them. When Congress returns to session in January, I am calling on my colleagues to come together to find a bipartisan approach that assists all Americans to keep our country moving forward.”