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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


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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More on Seniors Issues

July 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced a resolution that would recognize the need to improve physical access to a number of federally-funded facilities to all people, especially those with disabilities. Esty introduced the measure with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Congressman John Larson (CT-1), Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), and Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4). Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-2) also co-sponsored the resolution.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after voting in opposition to the 2018 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARM) Act. The bill, would cut $23 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next ten years. It is estimated that one million households will be kicked off the program, with millions more who will have their benefits reduced. Additionally, 265,000 kids will be removed from receiving free school meals.
May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.–This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke on the House floor to express her support for the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which was passed by a vote 347-70. The bill includes language from Esty’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1802 the CARE for All Veterans Act. Esty, along with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) introduced this legislation in March 2017.
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:
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:

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:
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: