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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

April 14, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in reaction to the United States’ missile strike in Syria:
March 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement in support of Malik Naveed Bin Rehman and Zahida Alta, the owners of Pizza Corner in New Britain who are facing deportation to Pakistan:
March 13, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement in response to the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:
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 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).