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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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More than 130,000 residents across central and northwest Connecticut rely on the Social Security benefits, which is critical to the health and retirement security of seniors across the country. You earned these benefits – they should be there when you need them.
 
I am committed to protecting Social Security, and I have a proven track record throughout my career to protect and strengthen Social Security. From defending Social Security benefits for disabled workers as an attorney, to fighting for seniors on the Cheshire Town Council and as a state representative, I know that Social Security plays a critical role for seniors, disabled workers, and many others, and I am committed to protecting it.
 
Last year, I helped recover more than $3.7 million from the Social Security Administration and $250,000 from Medicare that went back into the pockets of residents in our congressional district. I also coauthored the Social Security 2100 Act, legislation that will cut taxes for more than 11 million Social Security recipients, increase benefits for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for generations to come. The bill adopts the Consumer Price Index-Elderly (CPI-E) formula to determine cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for beneficiaries to ensure that seniors receive benefits that best fit their day-to-day living expenses.
 
We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965 as part of his “Great Society” program, which was intended to do away with poverty and racial inequality. The programs have helped bring down the poverty rate among older Americans from 28.5 percent in 1966 to 9 percent in 2015. Medicare is the single most important federal program to help lift people out of poverty and is a lifeline for many people. We cannot “voucherize,” or privatize Medicare. Furthermore, many seniors rely on Meals on Wheels for nutrition and socialization. I am committed to keeping these programs financially secure and ensuring that these programs work for my constituents.
 
With the continued rise in energy costs, it is vital that Connecticut’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) remain fully funded. LIHEAP helps many senior residents pay their energy bills and stay warm during the winter months. No one should be forced to choose between buying food to eat and heating their home.
 
In my conversations with students, families, educators, and seniors throughout central and northwest Connecticut, the same concerns emerge again and again: we need more middle-class jobs, better support for aspiring small-business owners, and fewer barriers to participation in the 21st-century economy.
 
That is why I have been focused on promoting STEM education and workforce development. I want to ensure that your grandchildren have access to good, high-paying jobs so that they can afford to stay and raise their families here in Connecticut. There is no greater human bond than that between a grandparent and their grandchildren.
 
For more information on my work on issues affecting seniors, 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 21, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is renewing calls by Democrats to support the Meals on Wheels program, a service that would be cut under Trump administration's budget proposal.

Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut's 5th House District, volunteered Wednesday with the Meals on Wheels program aboard a food delivery truck and helped deliver meals to seniors.

Esty says funding for Meals on Wheels, a program that provides homebound seniors with nutritious meals, is threatened in the White House’s budget plan.

April 20, 2017 In The News

MERIDEN — Calling attention to proposed federal budget cuts, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty helped deliver meals Wednesday to elderly Meriden residents.

Esty, a Democrat representing Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, joined Meals on Wheels regional team leader Ron Perry in delivering meals to about 10 residents of Hanover Towers. Meals on Wheels representatives deliver close to 30 meals to city residents daily.
   
“We met a lot of great people, heard a little bit about their life stories,” Esty said of the experience.

April 12, 2017 In The News

NEW BRITAIN - U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez visited the Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday morning to hear from residents that have been positively impacted by HRA-provided services.

The discussion came on the heels of increased budget discussions - both at the federal and state level.

April 12, 2017 In The News

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is co-sponsoring legislation she says is aimed at strengthening and expanding Social Security.  The measure cuts taxes for Social Security recipients and provides a benefit bump for current and future beneficiaries.  Esty says this will ensure the system stays solvent through the next 75 years.  There are more than 600,000 retired workers, disabled people, and families who depend on Social Security to pay their bills in Connecticut.  Esty notes that includes 135,000 in the 5th district.

 

April 5, 2017 In The News

Washington – Rep. John Larson on Wednesday reintroduced a bill that aims to boost both Social Security benefits and the program’s solvency.

“I am committed to taking common-sense steps to expand benefits and to make the system solvent for the next 75 years and beyond,” said Larson, D-1st District.

A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Larson first introduced his proposal in in 2014. It would increase benefits for current and new Social Security beneficiaries in several ways.

April 5, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with Congressman John Larson (CT-1) to introduce legislation to strengthen and expand Social Security.
March 13, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the GOP health care bill:
March 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the health care bill released by GOP leaders:
March 1, 2017 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – On Sunday, March 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask Esty questions concerning their community, the direction of the country, and Esty’s work in Congress.

February 28, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s 2018 budget: