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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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National Security

I'm working hard in Congress to provide our Armed Forces with the resources they need to provide a strong national defense and defend our national security.

As Americans, we greatly value our privacy and civil liberties. I strongly believe that the Patriot Act and our national security laws must be revisited, debated, and reformed. But when our security is at risk, reforms must be targeted and thoughtful, not broad and hasty. I am working with colleagues from both parties to craft meaningful, thoughtful reform to our intelligence programs in a way that both saves lives and protects the privacy rights of all Americans.

For more information on my work and views on national security or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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February 8, 2018 Press Release
In response to concerns raised by local residents and officials in western Connecticut over the construction of a new, 1,100-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Dover, New York, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) introduced the Notify Officials, Towns, Individuals, and Cities (NOTICE) of Electric Generating Facilities Act, legislation to increase transparency in power plant construction.
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 2, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement announcing her opposition to the President’s decision to authorize the release of the Nunes memo:
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening
January 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), who represents the town of Kent in the U.S. House of Representatives, connected with local leaders to receive an update on the damage from floods and ice jams affecting the area this week. Esty’s office connected safety officials in Kent with a federal ice expert from the National Weather Service (NWS), who will deliver a brief presentation to local officials at a meeting in Kent this evening. Staff from Esty’s office will attend the meeting on her behalf. 

January 8, 2018 Press Release
The second of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)’s two bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking in America was signed into law today, marking the successful conclusion of an effort to establish tough new penalties for truckers and create a human trafficking prevention coordinator position at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Esty introduced both bills with Rep. John Katko (R-NY).
December 19, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)’s bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to encourage women and girls’ participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields passed the House today by a vote of 409-17.
December 6, 2017 Press Release
Speaking on the House floor in advance of a vote on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to give domestic abusers, stalkers, and violent criminals the ability to cross state lines with fully-loaded, hidden weapons, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called the bill an “outrage and an insult to families in Newtown, Connecticut.”
November 30, 2017 Press Release
The Fix NICS Act, legislation to strengthen the nation’s gun background check system introduced by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers including Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill, which would ensure that federal and state authorities comply with current law and report accurate information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), is the most significant bipartisan legislation to address the nation’s epidemic of gun violence since the failure of the Manchin-Toomey proposal in 2013.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the second mass shooting in the past five weeks. The killing, which happened just 35 days after a mass shooter fired on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, is the fifth-deadliest in modern American history: