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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


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

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 21, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) today stood with women veterans and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to unveil bipartisan legislation to improve services and access at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for women veterans.
March 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding FBI Director James B. Comey’s testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which confirmed that the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election includes an examination of possible ties between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government and also confirmed that no known evidence exists to support President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower:

March 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the budget outline released by President Trump:
March 10, 2017 Press Release
Legislation honors the sacrifice of our nation’s caregivers while giving veterans greater flexibility in choosing their care
March 8, 2017 In The News

The House Intelligence Committee will hold an all-too-rare public hearing March 20 on Trump campaign operatives’ pre-election conversations with Russian government officials.

But if you’re thinking finally we’ll get some answers to this “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” (as Winston Churchill once famously described Russia), Rep. Jim Himes is advising you not to hold your breath.

March 8, 2017 Press Release
In a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee mark-up today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke out against H.R. 1181, the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act.
March 6, 2017 In The News

Washington – Connecticut’s federal lawmakers – all Democrats – unanimously rejected President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which his administration hopes will survive any challenge in court.

The new executive order, signed by the president Monday, targets travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and no longer restricts travel from Iraq, one of seven listed in the original order. The 90-day ban now is limited to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The first order was implemented immediately, but this one won’t take effect for 10 days, until March 16.

March 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s revised travel ban executive order:
March 3, 2017 In The News

Connecticut's congressional delegation joined the call for action over allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied during testimony in his confirmation hearings.

Senator Richard Blumenthal is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a Facebook post he called the disclosures about Sessions, "stunning."

He called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration's ties with Russia, saying "now there can be no question that possible perjury and other criminal violations demand it."