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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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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

June 13, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the bipartisan Opioid Task Force in the House, introduced legislation aimed at providing funding to medical examiners and forensic labs that are struggling to keep up with the mounting death toll resulting from the opioid epidemic currently plaguing communities across the country. Esty’s bill is the House companions to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) bill in the Senate. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year.
June 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the bipartisan Opioid Task Force in the House, introduced legislation to address concerns about the rising use of opioid drugs among student athletes. Esty’s bill is the House companions to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) bill in the Senate.

May 18, 2018 Press Release
This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after voting in opposition to the 2018 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARM) Act. The bill, would cut $23 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next ten years. It is estimated that one million households will be kicked off the program, with millions more who will have their benefits reduced. Additionally, 265,000 kids will be removed from receiving free school meals.
May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.–This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke on the House floor to express her support for the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which was passed by a vote 347-70. The bill includes language from Esty’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1802 the CARE for All Veterans Act. Esty, along with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) introduced this legislation in March 2017.
May 10, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded $1,015,900 in federal funding from the National Endowment of the Arts to support historical societies, museums, performances, and exhibitions across the state.
May 9, 2018 Press Release
Last week, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar expressing their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Title X program, which ensures that people have access to reproductive healthcare. The Trump administration’s planned “domestic gag rule” would ban any healthcare provider from receiving Title X funding if they even talk about abortion or abortion-related services with their patients. Beyond banning counseling and referrals, the gag rule would also impose additional requirements that would essentially prohibit providers that perform abortions—like Planned Parenthood—from participating in the Title X program.
April 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced a $200,000 federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the City of Meriden’s brownfield remediation efforts of the former Meriden Wallingford Hospital property at 1 King Place. The hospital operated at the site for nearly 100 years until it was vacated in the 1990s.
April 23, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced H.R. 5579, the Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Inventive Reauthorization Act with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Rep. John Larson (CT-1), Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) Rep. Peter King (NY-2), and Rep. Mike Turner (OH-10) in order to spur the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields and support job creation. Brownfields, typically former industrial sites, are often vacant or undeveloped areas where reuse is complicated by environmental contamination concerns.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) announced the successful conclusion of weeks of bipartisan negotiations with House and Senate Republicans to include legislation to fund brownfields cleanup and economic revitalization in communities in Connecticut and throughout the country in Congress’s omnibus funding package.
March 13, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-Connecticut, Fred Upton, R-Michigan; John Faso, R-New York; and Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan today led a bipartisan letter, signed by 28 Members of Congress, to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee pushing for more funding and resources to address mental health issues.