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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Jobs and the Economy

Across the 5th District, I’ve heard from business owners, educators, young people and parents that we need to redouble our efforts on middle-class job creation. Too many young people do not see Connecticut as a place of opportunity and our businesses are looking for skilled workers to help their companies to grow and thrive.  We have a real opportunity to set a thoughtful course to long-term job growth and rebuilding a robust middle class in the 5th District, in Connecticut and across our country.

American workers can and do compete with the best in the world – but they need the benefit of a level playing field.  That means closing tax loopholes that reward companies who ship our jobs oversees, and it means enforcing our trades laws.

Here at home, we need to reward innovation and ensure businesses in our community have the support they need to grow and compete. We must invest in research and development in the clean energy sector to create good jobs in technology, manufacturing and construction. We must help our small business thrive, innovate and hire by providing access to capital, reducing unnecessary red tape, and making sure small business taxes are fair and encourage growth. We must also ensure our workers have the skills those businesses need to compete with skills training and investments in our community colleges.

Finally, we must make strategic investments in long-term growth – infrastructure, energy and education.  For our economy to recover, we must be willing to invest in that recovery.

For more information on my work and views on growing our economy or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Jobs and the Economy

January 10, 2018 Press Release
Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus released a new report with bipartisan policy recommendations to build a 21st century infrastructure network for America. The forty-eight member bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Tom Reed (NY-23) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), launched an Infrastructure Working Group to find consensus on a bipartisan set of policies to serve as the bedrock for a plan that addresses the dire need to rebuild and responsibly invest in infrastructure across the United States.
December 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish a new Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The board would promote organizations and programs providing education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women into the aviation industry. Esty’s legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), and Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45). 

December 19, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House’s passage of a partisan tax giveaway to big corporations and the wealthy paid for by adding to the debt for future generations of Americans:
December 19, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)’s bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to encourage women and girls’ participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields passed the House today by a vote of 409-17.
December 16, 2017 Press Release
Following reports of an agreement between House and Senate Republicans on a deal to advance a massive tax bill early next week, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement.
November 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Legislation to reauthorize the federal brownfields remediation program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the House today. The bill builds on the key components of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s bipartisan brownfields proposal introduced earlier in the year.  

November 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on her vote against the House’s partisan tax bill that would double-tax Connecticut families and eliminate countless popular tax deductions:
November 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s (CT-05) bipartisan Women in Aerospace Education Act (H.R. 4254) passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee by voice vote this morning. The bill would encourage universities applying for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grants, which are designed to cover the cost of STEM-degree seeking students who intend to teach in rural and lower income school districts, to incorporate aerospace programs at the National Laboratories and NASA Centers into their teacher training experience. Esty, along with Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), introduced the legislation to encourage more women to participate in the STEM fields.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) denounced the Republican tax plan that was unveiled last week and is being marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee this week. 
 
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to promote more female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).