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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

October 9, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today announced introduction of the Diversifying Emergency Benchmarks for the Recovery of Individuals after Storms (DEBRIS) Act to end the harmful and unnecessary ban on federal disaster relief aid to homeowners for fallen trees and debris.
October 4, 2018 Press Release
The State of Connecticut has been awarded over $30 million in Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will be used to help finance community-based water infrastructure projects, including for public drinking water systems and municipal sewage plants.
September 28, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised her Republican and Democratic colleagues coming together to pass H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. The bill also included language from Esty’s bill, H.R. 4635, Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act, which would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans. The Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act took language and initiatives from Esty’s original bill, H.R. 2452, the Deborah Sampson Act, which Esty introduced in March 2017.
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, by a vote of 377-20. The bill, also known as the minibus, included language from Esty’s bill, H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. Esty introduced the measure with Rep. Peter King (NY-2).
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, by voice vote. The bill is a compromise version that contains much of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018, which the House passed in June. The new bill, S. 3021, contains three of the four amendments Esty was able to adopt into H.R. 8.
September 6, 2018 Press Release
Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced $885,895 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) to support fire departments in Goshen, East Haven, South Windham, Ansonia, Guilford, Westport and East Hartford.
September 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-- In a letter Tuesday to FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation supported the appeal by Governor Dannel P. Malloy of the agency’s refusal to provide disaster aid to individual property owners, as well as to the towns of Bridgewater, New Milford and Roxbury who sustained significant damage from the May 15 supercell thunderstorms. 

August 30, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee, Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), called on Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon the “borrower defense” rule change at the Department of Education, which would rescind an Obama-era policy put in place to protect students who are misled by predatory for-profit colleges. This proposed rule will make it much harder for Connecticut students, saddled with debt but no legitimate education, to receive the relief they deserve. This is the latest step in a pattern of concerning actions by Secretary DeVos to put for-profit colleges and corporations’ bottom line ahead of students.
August 28, 2018 Press Release
HARTFORD, CT—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), John Larson (CT-1), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) awards totaling $3,251,466. 
August 20, 2018 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation today applauded news that President Donald Trump has granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Connecticut triggering federal funds to help communities recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on May 15.