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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

March 22, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Betty McCollum (D-MN) today announced the introduction of H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act.
March 20, 2017 In The News

NEW BRITAIN — As U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty pointed to the site of New Britain’s old police station Monday morning, she said the future of similar parcels around the state could be threatened by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which, she said cuts money for brownfields site remediation.

“The new president’s budget would kill the program,” the 5th District Democrat said. “I am submitting legislation that would fully fund this program. This is a really important program, especially in districts like ours.”

March 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today led the floor opposition to H.R. 1181, the Veteran 2nd Amendment Protection Act.
March 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the budget outline released by President Trump:
March 13, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the GOP health care bill:
March 10, 2017 Constituent Corner

FARMINGTON, CT—Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Farmington resident Michelle Grande, who worked with Esty to retrieve the entirety of her tax refund.

In March 2015, Michelle filed her taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and anticipated receiving a refund of several thousand dollars. The IRS notified her that her Form 8962 needed to be updated and refiled so Michelle obliged and completed the form. 

March 10, 2017 Press Release
Legislation honors the sacrifice of our nation’s caregivers while giving veterans greater flexibility in choosing their care
March 10, 2017 In The News

I just returned from Washington, D.C., where I attended a gathering of more than 1,000 volunteers from all 50 states who are part of a national grassroots movement — No Labels. The reason for the gathering was simple: Visit our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to stop fighting with “the other party” and start working together for all Americans by solving our country’s problems.

March 9, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today called on President Donald Trump to make public a detailed plan to rebuild and revitalize America’s infrastructure following a comprehensive report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
March 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the health care bill released by GOP leaders: