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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

February 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with a bipartisan group of 150 House colleagues in calling for swift action by federal law enforcement agencies to address the wave of anonymous telephone bomb threats made against Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the country.

February 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2) to introduce the Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Act to honor service members who lose their lives serving in uniform and to provide assistance to their families. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced similar legislation in the Senate today and in the 114th Congress.
February 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today was appointed in a unanimous, bipartisan vote of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to the position of Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
February 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the Russian spy ship spotted patrolling 30 miles off the shore of the Groton naval submarine base:
February 15, 2017 In The News

A Russian spy vessel was reportedly spotted Wednesday near the coast of Connecticut, and the state’s congressional delegation is demanding action and answers.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from New Haven, called out President Donald Trump on Twitter within an hour of reports the vessel had been spotted near Groton.

“Russia is flexing its muscle and floating a submarine off the coast of Connecticut. Maybe you should focus your attention there?” tweeted DeLauro, D-3.

February 14, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement after the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn:
February 12, 2017 In The News

Following the late-night resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Connecticut's delegation in Washington is reiterating calls for a full investigation of communication between Donald Trump's administration and Russia.

Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, reportedly discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn in. In his resignation letter he admitted he had "misled" Vice President Mike Pence and others in the White House about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

February 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today was elected by her Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the 115th Congress.
February 3, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast was notable -- not only for his criticism of "The Apprentice" host, actor Arnold Scwarzenegger -- but for his promise to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment.

The 1954 provision prevents a tax-exempt entity, like a church, from endorsing or opposing a political candidate -- a legal delineation that separates church and state in the U.S.

Eliminating the Johnson Amendment has been a goal of the religious right, and Trump promised repeal on the campaign trail.

February 3, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today denounced the House of Representatives’ passage of H.J.Res. 40, which prohibits the Social Security Administration (SSA) from reporting information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).