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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

August 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) on Saturday was interviewed by MSNBC’s Richard Lui about the House Problem Solvers Caucus and a slate of bipartisan proposals to improve the Affordable Care Act that the Caucus has put forward.
August 1, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) last night appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which was guest-hosted by Joy Reid, to discuss a slate of bipartisan proposals to improve the Affordable Care Act put forward yesterday by the Problem Solvers Caucus.
July 25, 2017 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) to expand and improve veterans’ GI Bill benefits passed the House unanimously last night, 405-0.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today praised the advancement of legislation to provide the Amtrak National Network with $1.1 billion in funding in FY 2018.
July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement:

“The GOP health care bill failed for a simple reason: it would have hurt millions of Americans, and the American people knew it. But I didn't run for Congress to sit back and cheer when things fail. I ran for Congress to get things done. There are real problems in our health care system that we need to fix. Let's work together on ways to lower premiums and deductibles, reduce drug costs, and expand access to quality care. The time is now for bipartisan action.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 344-81.
 
July 12, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today praised the Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement that it is no longer considering a new high-speed rail route along Connecticut’s coastline. Instead, the FRA announced that it will undertake a comprehensive approach to study how service can be improved between Connecticut and Rhode Island, while providing much-needed upgrades along existing corridors.
July 12, 2017 In The News
A local lawmaker is touting the the Federal Railroad Administration's decision to no longer consider a new high-speed rail route along Connecticut's coastline.
July 11, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Monday highlighted clean energy investments by Crowley Ford as part of the state’s Green Bank program.
July 11, 2017 In The News
Invasive species are everywhere you don’t want them to be — curling through your garden, killing your local ash trees or strangling your motorboat propeller.