July 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the House passage of H.R. 5649, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William `Bill' Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2018. The bill, which cleared the House by voice vote, included Esty’s bill, H.R. 4835, the Job TOOLS for Veterans Act, which would expand access to job training resources for veterans of all eras and their spouses. Earlier this Congress, Esty introduced the bill with Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) as a means to help military veterans transition into civilian life. On average, those who participated in the Department of Labor’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) program found their first job close to a month sooner than those who did not.
July 19, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) remarked on the passage of H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which included Esty’s amendment to increase funding to brownfields projects by $7 million. Esty introduced the amendment with Republican David McKinley (WV-1), which passed the House by voice vote. The final bill passed the House by a vote of 217-199.
July 18, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced H.R. 6419, the Justice for ALS Veterans Act of 2018, which would enhance dependency and indemnity compensation paid to surviving spouses and families of veterans with service-connected disabilities who die from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
July 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced legislation that would call for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a study regarding the accessibility of its websites to individuals with disabilities.
July 16, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in response to the joint press conference held by President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland earlier today.
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
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.
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.