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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

October 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) to head the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) following reports of the lawmaker’s previous efforts to hamper the DEA’s efforts to combat opioid abuse. 

October 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on her colleagues to take bipartisan action to address the opioid crisis ravaging communities in Connecticut and throughout the country at a hearing on the topic held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday morning.

October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain
October 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Connecticut’s five-member House delegation, led by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), sent a letter to President Trump today urging a waiver for federal matching requirements for recovery programs and economic assistance for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands “until both territories become more economically stable.” 
 

September 29, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement as Congress approaches the September 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for several major federal programs:
September 27, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined her colleagues on the House Problem Solvers Caucus in sending a letter to Democratic and Republican Party leaders regarding the future of federal health care policies and initiatives.
September 27, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement following the release of the Republican tax plan:
September 26, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on the island:
September 14, 2017 Press Release
An amendment to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) passed the House last night by a vote of 279-137. The Torres-Esty amendment passed as part of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, will increase funding for MEP by $5 million in FY 2018. On Thursday, H.R. 3354 passed the house by the vote of 211-198 and now awaits further consideration by the Senate
September 6, 2017 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced today that Sikorsky has signed a $304 million contract with the U.S. Navy enabling Sikorsky to begin Connecticut construction of the first two production CH-53K “King Stallion” helicopters. The Marine Corps plans to procure 200 of these heavy lift helicopters from Sikorsky.