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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


National Security

I'm working hard in Congress to provide our Armed Forces with the resources they need to provide a strong national defense and defend our national security.

As Americans, we greatly value our privacy and civil liberties. I strongly believe that the Patriot Act and our national security laws must be revisited, debated, and reformed. But when our security is at risk, reforms must be targeted and thoughtful, not broad and hasty. I am working with colleagues from both parties to craft meaningful, thoughtful reform to our intelligence programs in a way that both saves lives and protects the privacy rights of all Americans.

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

More on National Security

January 8, 2018 Press Release
The second of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)’s two bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking in America was signed into law today, marking the successful conclusion of an effort to establish tough new penalties for truckers and create a human trafficking prevention coordinator position at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Esty introduced both bills with Rep. John Katko (R-NY).
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 6, 2017 Press Release
Speaking on the House floor in advance of a vote on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to give domestic abusers, stalkers, and violent criminals the ability to cross state lines with fully-loaded, hidden weapons, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called the bill an “outrage and an insult to families in Newtown, Connecticut.”
November 30, 2017 Press Release
The Fix NICS Act, legislation to strengthen the nation’s gun background check system introduced by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers including Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill, which would ensure that federal and state authorities comply with current law and report accurate information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), is the most significant bipartisan legislation to address the nation’s epidemic of gun violence since the failure of the Manchin-Toomey proposal in 2013.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the second mass shooting in the past five weeks. The killing, which happened just 35 days after a mass shooter fired on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, is the fifth-deadliest in modern American history:
November 2, 2017 Press Release
Delivering remarks to a committee hearing on the fallout from 2017’s historic storm season, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice-Ranking Member Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) questioned federal officials’ response to the major humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
October 25, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The White House announced today that it will direct Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to initiate a pilot program for local drone rules and regulations through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The proposal mirrors an amendment to the Aviation, Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act cosponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice-Ranking Member Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5).
October 25, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the formation of a new, bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus to focus on investment in the nation’s outdated roads, bridges, rails, airports, transit, wastewater systems, and drinking water. Esty was joined by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-6). The lawmakers worked closely with Infrastructure Week, a roundtable of organizations from the business and labor communities, to develop the effort.
October 24, 2017 Press Release
With Connecticut communities still waiting to receive millions of dollars in federal community policing grants, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions today demanding an explanation for the delay.
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.