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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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June 26, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Senate GOP proposal to pay for millions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy by depriving 22 million American of health coverage:
June 22, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Senate GOP’s health care bill:
May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, a bill authored jointly by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), today passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 418-0.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:

“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”

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May 12, 2017 In The News

SHARON – It was no surprise that part of the discussion during U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty’s visit to Sharon Hospital on Wednesday focused on the Affordable Care Act.
 
Esty, a Democrat from Cheshire who represents the 5th District, met with CEO Peter Cordeau, CFO Christian Bergeron, chief of nursing Lori Puff and other staff members as part of her daylong tour of the Northwest Corner. She also stopped at Geer Village in Canaan and walked a section of the Appalachian Trail in Falls Village.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation that will cause millions of Americans to lose access to affordable health coverage:
 

May 4, 2017 In The News
“Today House Republicans voted to inflict deep, long-lasting harm on millions of American families for the sake of short-term political relief. This dishonest crusade against the Affordable Care Act has put politics before American lives. Under this bill, people with pre-existing conditions will lose the protection they have against bankrupting medical bills. People who are struggling with addiction or mental illness will likely not get the vital care they need. Some parents will be forced to make the gut-wrenching choice between keeping their life savings and keeping their child alive.
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.