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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.

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April 26, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – As Israel plans to modernize its military in the coming decade, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with  Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) today sent a letter to the Israeli Minister of Defense encouraging the country to consider procuring the CH-53K King Stallion.

April 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), and their Democratic colleagues today released a statement opposing draft legislation proposed by Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN). The proposal would institute a monthly reduction in pay for troops as a means of offsetting the cost of expanding G.I. Bill eligibility and longevity for future veterans.

April 17, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s appointment of former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank.
April 12, 2017 In The News

Although it will be months before the House Intelligence Committee finishes investigating possible Russian interference in the presidential election, one thing is clear, committee member Jim Himes said Wednesday night.

No amount of evidence of President Donald Trump's involvement would lead to his impeachment at this time, Himes, D-4th District, said at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, answering a hypothetical question posed by one attendee but seemingly shared by many in the packed auditorium.

April 7, 2017 In The News

Greater Danbury’s Congressional delegation responded to President Trump’s order to strike targets in Syria.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the attack "An ill-thought out military action with absolutely no overall strategy for Syria...”

April 7, 2017 In The News

Washington – As they did when President Obama took action against ISIS in Syria, Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump to seek congressional approval before taking any further military action against Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.

But Congress did not take action when Obama began a U.S. military campaign in Syria — and isn’t likely to take action now — on legislation that would both authorize the use of military force (AUMF) and place limits on what that action could be.

April 7, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump may have violated the U.S. Constitution by launching an airstrike against a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians there without first engaging Congress, members of the state's delegation in Washington said Friday.

April 7, 2017 In The News

HARTFORD – Most members of Congress from Connecticut described the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base as an appropriate answer to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, summed up the majority view on Friday.

“Last night’s missile strike was a measured and proportionate immediate response to Assad’s heinous use of chemical weapons against his own people,” she said.

April 7, 2017 In The News

At 4:40 a.m. local time Friday in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Donald Trump became a war president.

April 7, 2017 In The News

HARTFORD — Most members of Congress from Connecticut described the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base as an appropriate answer to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons this week.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, summed up the majority view on Friday.

“Last night’s missile strike was a measured and proportionate immediate response to Assad’s heinous use of chemical weapons against his own people,” Esty said.