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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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July 11, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s(FEMA) decision to award over $337,000 in funding through its Assistance to Firefighters grant (AFG) program to the Cities of New Britain and Waterbury.
July 11, 2018 Press Release
New name would honor veterans from Oakville
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced a bill to rename the Oakville Post Office to honor and recognize the servicemen and women of Watertown and surrounding communities. Oakville is a census-designated and neighborhood within Watertown, Connecticut.
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July 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), sent a letter to President Trump urging the administration to grant Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s request for a presidential disaster declaration arising from a series of powerful supercell thunderstorms that hit Connecticut on May 15, 2018.
June 29, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the House passage of H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The bill, which cleared the House by a vote of 359-49, included language to increase funding for research on toxic exposure to burn pits. Earlier this Congress, Esty, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, which would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions related to exposure to burn pits.
June 28, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement following the shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland.
June 28, 2018 Press Release
Only 1 in 3 service members who experience a sexual assault file a report
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) hailed the House passage of H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The bill, which cleared the House by a vote of 359-49, also included Esty’s amendment to appropriate an additional $2 million to be used to increase funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office for sexual assault prevention and response programs.
June 27, 2018 Press Release
The bill now heads to the Senate
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) celebrated the passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. Earlier this week, the bill passed the House by a vote of 382-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Esty, who serves on the Committee of Veterans Affairs and is the Ranking Member on the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee, is also a cosponsor of the legislation.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
“This ban is immoral, inhumane, and fundamentally un-American”
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in a 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on immigrants from Muslim countries, arguing it was permissible under the law:
June 20, 2018 Press Release
Esty: Simply put, detention centers are no place for children
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order regarding his decision to stop separating children from their parents at the United States border:
June 20, 2018 Press Release
Agency ranks in top five of federal agencies with high rates of harassment
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) sent a letter to the Honorable Peter O’Rourke, the Acting Secretary of the VA, late last week raising her concerns in regards to the March 2018 Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) research brief highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The letter comes days after reports indicated that the VA is ranked second or third among the worst federal agencies for harassment in the executive branch.

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