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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

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.
March 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), vice-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, delivered remarks to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit this morning. According to the organization’s website, the League has represented American bicyclists since 1880 and today supports an estimated 57 million riders nationwide.

March 6, 2018 Press Release
Delivering the opening remarks for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Democratic members at a hearing to discuss President Trump’s infrastructure proposals with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) stressed the importance of working together to make badly-needed investments in America’s roads, bridges, transit systems, rail infrastructure, airports and ports.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) introduced the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2018 to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), John Katko (NY-24), Peter Welch (VT-AL), and John Faso (NY-19) introduced the Rural Infrastructure Development and Partnerships Act, legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s coordination with rural communities and helping small towns receive aid in planning, designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement on the fifth Congressional short-term funding bill since September of 2017, a measure she will oppose:
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) introduced the Rural Infrastructure Development and Partnerships Act, legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s coordination with rural communities and helping small towns receive aid in planning, designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure. Esty released the bill along with Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Rep. John Faso (NY-19), as well as Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL).