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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Fiscal Responsibility

Over the past decade, irresponsible spending and borrowing in Washington has created a financial crisis that threatens future generations and limits our immediate ability to appropriately prioritize needed investments. We need to balance the budget, but we must be smart about it. We shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of seniors or at the expense of investments in infrastructure that creates jobs. In Congress, I’m working for smart, targeted cuts to reduce the deficit that take us in the right direction and do not add to the debt.

That’s why I support a budget that reflects our priorities in central and northwest Connecticut – helping create good-paying jobs, investing in transportation and our children's education, and keeping our commitments to our seniors.

We need serious solutions. We cannot afford to live under the threat of default or government shutdowns, both of which put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy and undermine the predictability businesses need to make long-term investments. I’m committed to working for long-term solutions to boost job creation and reduce our debt in smart ways.  

For more information on my work and views on the budget and smart spending or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Fiscal Responsibility

February 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2) to introduce the Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Act to honor service members who lose their lives serving in uniform and to provide assistance to their families. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced similar legislation in the Senate today and in the 114th Congress.
February 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today was appointed in a unanimous, bipartisan vote of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to the position of Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
February 15, 2017 In The News

Metro-North last year set a record for ridership on the New Haven Line to New York City, but three branch lines — New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury — are falling behind.

While the number of passengers on the Danbury line posted a meager 0.8 percent increase last year compared to 2015, riders on the New Canaan line dropped 0.2 percent and Waterbury decreased 1.4 percent, figures provided by Metro-North and state officials show.

 By comparison, the New Haven Line last year carried 40.5 million passengers — a 20,000 rider increase and the most ever in Metro-North history.

February 14, 2017 In The News

Three of the state's congressional leaders want to know why ridership is falling on two of Metro-North's branch lines.

Even though business was up last year on the main New Haven line and the Danbury branch, ridership slipped on the Waterbury and New Canaan branches.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Tuesday asked Metro-North for a plan to improve service and bring back those lost customers.

"Riders are frustrated, and they want better service," they wrote in a letter to railroad President Joseph Giulietti.

February 14, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTNH) – After a new report that says ridership on Connecticut’s three Metro-North lines have dropped, three members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have written a letter asking the railroad to put together a plan to get more commuters on the train. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) say they cited examples of when service improvements along the lines have lead to increased ridership and when lapses in service have lead to fewer people on the trains.

February 14, 2017 In The News

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Even though the Metro-North New Haven Line broke ridership records in 2016, a recent report in the Republican-American revealed  that Connecticut's three Metro-North branches all saw decreasing ridership last year, prompting members of Congress to demand improvements.

February 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to a recent report that ridership on Connecticut’s three Metro-North branch lines have declined, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) sent a letter asking MTA-Metro-North Railroad to provide a detailed plan for improving service and increasing ridership on the Waterbury, Danbury, and New Canaan Branch lines.

February 3, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast was notable -- not only for his criticism of "The Apprentice" host, actor Arnold Scwarzenegger -- but for his promise to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment.

The 1954 provision prevents a tax-exempt entity, like a church, from endorsing or opposing a political candidate -- a legal delineation that separates church and state in the U.S.

Eliminating the Johnson Amendment has been a goal of the religious right, and Trump promised repeal on the campaign trail.

February 2, 2017 In The News

With its focus on interfaith unity, Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast was exactly what the nation needed during a period of strife and civil unrest, according to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Hamid Malik.

February 2, 2017 In The News

Love him or hate him, all who have followed Sen. Richard Blumenthal over the course of his 40 years in public service know he is not bashful when it comes to making himself heard.

So it was more than a little counterintuitive to see Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ask Blumenthal to speak more directly into his microphone at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on confirming Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be U.S. attorney general.

“I can start over if you like!’’ Blumenthal said, holding up his 25-minute-long prepared speech urging Sessions’ defeat.