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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

June 22, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today led a moment of silence on the House floor to honor the seven Navy sailors killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald. One of the sailors who was lost, Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, was from Oakville, Connecticut.
June 19, 2017 In The News
A sailor from Connecticut was one of the seven killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan over the weekend, the U.S. Navy announced.
June 19, 2017 In The News
The community of Watertown, Connecticut is mourning the loss of Tan Huynh, who was among seven U.S. Navy sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday.
June 18, 2017 In The News

WATERTOWN – A local man is one of seven Navy sailors killed on Saturday after the ship they were in collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship four times its size off the coast of Japan.

Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, was a sonar technician, according to a news release from the Navy.

Huynh had initially been reported missing but were located in flooded berthing compartments in the USS Fitzgerald, after divers gained access to the spaces on Sunday.

June 17, 2017 In The News
The Connecticut delegation to Washington announced the slate of students from Connecticut who have been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
June 17, 2017 In The News
Speaking before a group of area Democrats on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty expressed a need for unity and civil discourse in the wake of the shooting of her Republican colleague in the House, Steve Scalise.
June 16, 2017 In The News
While House Majority Whip Steve Scalise continued to recover on Friday, members of Congress said their emotions are still raw following Wednesday morning's shooting.
June 15, 2017 In The News
In this baseball game, the victorious team gave a member of the losing team the winner’s trophy.
June 15, 2017 In The News
A shooting on Wednesday morning that targeted members of Congress was not enough to stop them from playing in the annual Congressional baseball game on Thursday night.
June 14, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Elisabeth Esty, D-Conn., said she knew something serious was happening when she saw two Secret Service agents enter the Congressional gym where she and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan were working out at 7 a.m. Wednesday.