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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Fiscal Responsibility

Over the past decade, irresponsible spending and borrowing in Washington has created a financial crisis that threatens future generations and limits our immediate ability to appropriately prioritize needed investments. We need to balance the budget, but we must be smart about it. We shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of seniors or at the expense of investments in infrastructure that creates jobs. In Congress, I’m working for smart, targeted cuts to reduce the deficit that take us in the right direction and do not add to the debt.

That’s why I support a budget that reflects our priorities in central and northwest Connecticut – helping create good-paying jobs, investing in transportation and our children's education, and keeping our commitments to our seniors.

We need serious solutions. We cannot afford to live under the threat of default or government shutdowns, both of which put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy and undermine the predictability businesses need to make long-term investments. I’m committed to working for long-term solutions to boost job creation and reduce our debt in smart ways.  

For more information on my work and views on the budget and smart spending or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Fiscal Responsibility

February 7, 2018 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) introduced the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2018 to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), John Katko (NY-24), Peter Welch (VT-AL), and John Faso (NY-19) introduced the Rural Infrastructure Development and Partnerships Act, legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s coordination with rural communities and helping small towns receive aid in planning, designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement on the fifth Congressional short-term funding bill since September of 2017, a measure she will oppose:
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) introduced the Rural Infrastructure Development and Partnerships Act, legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s coordination with rural communities and helping small towns receive aid in planning, designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure. Esty released the bill along with Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Rep. John Faso (NY-19), as well as Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL).
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) called for the establishment of a $25 billion federal opioid epidemic response fund this morning, as advocates for addiction treatment continue to call for the expansion of federal resources to combat the rising number of opioid-related deaths around the country. Despite the Trump Administration’s announcement declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in late October, no new federal resources have been earmarked for the crisis and key positions – including the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration – remain unfilled.
January 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement announcing her opposition to the short-term government spending measure
January 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) announced she will donate her federal pay to local Connecticut charities for the duration of the government shutdown.
January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement announcing her opposition to the fourth short-term government spending measure under consideration in Congress since September:

January 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), who represents the town of Kent in the U.S. House of Representatives, connected with local leaders to receive an update on the damage from floods and ice jams affecting the area this week. Esty’s office connected safety officials in Kent with a federal ice expert from the National Weather Service (NWS), who will deliver a brief presentation to local officials at a meeting in Kent this evening. Staff from Esty’s office will attend the meeting on her behalf. 

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.