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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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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.
September 6, 2018 Press Release
Federal funding will support fire departments in Goshen, East Haven, South Windham, Ansonia, Guilford, Westport, East Hartford
Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced $885,895 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) to support fire departments in Goshen, East Haven, South Windham, Ansonia, Guilford, Westport and East Hartford.
September 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-- In a letter Tuesday to FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation supported the appeal by Governor Dannel P.

August 30, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee, Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), called on Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon the “borrower defense” rule change at the Department of Education, which would rescind an Obama-era policy put in place to protect students who are misled by predatory for-profit colleges. This proposed rule will make it much harder for Connecticut students, saddled with debt but no legitimate education, to receive the relief they deserve. This is the latest step in a pattern of concerning actions by Secretary DeVos to put for-profit colleges and corporations’ bottom line ahead of students.
August 28, 2018 Press Release
HARTFORD, CT—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), John Larson (CT-1), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) awards totaling $3,251,466. 
August 21, 2018 Press Release
According to Multiple Reports, the White House Plans to Cap Refugee Admissions at 15,000 or 25,000 for Fiscal Year 2019 – the lowest since the start of the U.S Refugee Admissions Program in 1980;
Proposals to Remove the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration from the Department of State Risk Losing Diplomatic Expertise Needed in the Refugee Resettlement Process.
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August 20, 2018 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation today applauded news that President Donald Trump has granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Connecticut triggering federal funds to help communities recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on May 15.
August 15, 2018 Press Release
Today, during National Health Center week, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation applauded $2,387,361 in Quality Improvement grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to 16 community health centers across Connecticut.

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