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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Seniors Issues

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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November 2, 2017 Press Release
Following the introduction of long-awaited legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax code, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) decried the inclusion of a proposal to reduce the state and local tax (SALT) deduction claimed by middle-class families in Connecticut each year
October 24, 2017 Press Release
At a hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin this morning, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called for a greater bipartisan focus on the issue of military suicide prevention.
October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain
September 29, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement as Congress approaches the September 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for several major federal programs:
August 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump today signed into law the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, a bill authored jointly by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL).

The legislation modernizes the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cut down on the claims backlog and reduce delays. Under the current system, veterans must often wait five years or longer for their appeals to be resolved. The Esty-Bost legislation marks the first significant update to the VA appeals process in 30 years.

July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement:

“The GOP health care bill failed for a simple reason: it would have hurt millions of Americans, and the American people knew it. But I didn't run for Congress to sit back and cheer when things fail. I ran for Congress to get things done. There are real problems in our health care system that we need to fix. Let's work together on ways to lower premiums and deductibles, reduce drug costs, and expand access to quality care. The time is now for bipartisan action.

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 28, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY —To honor Memorial Day, family members of Veterans attended the Gold Star Parents Luncheon Sunday.

The event was an opportunity to remember loved ones who gave their lives for our country. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has attended the event for many years, and today was no exception.

Two of Esty’s Bills, the Gold Star Families Voice Act and Gold Stars Fathers Act, were signed into law by former President Barack Obama.

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: