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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.

More on National Security

October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain
October 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Connecticut’s five-member House delegation, led by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), sent a letter to President Trump today urging a waiver for federal matching requirements for recovery programs and economic assistance for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands “until both territories become more economically stable.” 
 

October 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas:
 

“Words fail. My heart aches. 

“Another day marred by senseless violence. Another brutal addition to the Mass Shooting Club – a club no one wants to belong to. 

“We need a way forward. That way forward requires responsible gun owners to join us. My message to them is this: don’t let the big-money interests and extremists speak for you.

September 26, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on the island:
September 6, 2017 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced today that Sikorsky has signed a $304 million contract with the U.S. Navy enabling Sikorsky to begin Connecticut construction of the first two production CH-53K “King Stallion” helicopters. The Marine Corps plans to procure 200 of these heavy lift helicopters from Sikorsky.
September 5, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement condemning President Trump’s decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:
August 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump today signed into law the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, a bill authored jointly by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL).

The legislation modernizes the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cut down on the claims backlog and reduce delays. Under the current system, veterans must often wait five years or longer for their appeals to be resolved. The Esty-Bost legislation marks the first significant update to the VA appeals process in 30 years.

August 17, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after New Fairfield father Joel Colindres was granted a temporary stay of removal by the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit.
July 25, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act, which passed the House by a vote of 419-3:
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.