Representative Elizabeth Esty's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Elizabeth Esty
Current Office: U.S. House - District 5, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Dan; 3 Children: Sarah, Thomas, Jonathan
Birth Date: 08/25/1959
Birth Place: Oak Park, IL
Home City: Cheshire, CT
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 27 March 2012. “I strongly support a woman’s right to choose and have a long record of advocacy for pro-choice causes, from volunteering for Planned Parenthood while in college to authoring Supreme Court briefs for medical providers. That is why I have already earned the support of both EMILY’s List and The Women’s Campaign Forum.” (www.elizabethesty.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Foreign Policy and National Security. 27 March 2012. “Reduce our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our troops put their lives on the line every day to defend our freedoms. They have done all we have asked of them and much more. As situations have changed in the Middle East, our military service members and military families deserve leaders and a national security policy worthy of their sacrifice -- and a willingness to reevaluate the challenges we face and strategies required to meet them. With the removal of Osama bin Laden, it is time to reexamine our objectives and timetables in Afghanistan. The last 10 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have proved very costly in dollars and in lives. It is time to speed up the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, while still maintaining quick-strike, mobile forces in the region. At the same time, we must pressure the Afghan government to root out corruption, as well as step up efforts to protect human rights, particularly those of women and girls. We must not lose the tremendous progress that has been made in educating women in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.” (www.elizabethesty.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility and Protecting Taxpayers. 27 March 2012. “As a state legislator I continued to work to protect those with lower and fixed incomes, and to insist that government programs really deliver on their promises. I introduced legislation to require the state to use standard accounting rules and took on the House leadership by helping to craft an alternative state budget that said no to additional borrowing and redirected limited state funds to the most essential programs. […] We must fight for tax relief for those who need it the most – the middle class. We should end the special Bush tax cuts for millionaires and use that money to help balance the budget.” (www.elizabethesty.com)
  • The Register Citizen: Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback split on paid sick leave, other issues. 21 August 2012. “We must tackle the budget deficit, but we have to do so in a way that protects the needs of middle class families. That’s why I support ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, closing corporate tax loopholes, and eliminating wasteful subsidies for big oil and big agribusiness (the 2012 Farm Bill which passed the Senate last month would be a good start). At the end of the day, budgets should reflect our priorities, and right now middle class families must be the priority of every representative.” (www.ct5thdistrict.com)

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  • The Register Citizen: Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback split on paid sick leave, other issues. 21 August 2012. Esty is more in favor of investments in infrastructure than Roraback, saying, “We need to make good long-term decisions that lay the foundation for economic growth, but we also need to make sure that vital safety nets are in place, especially when folks are struggling. It may not be ideal to have to shore up funding for state and local governments, and we must always follow-up to make sure these programs are helping as intended,” she said. “But there are times when the federal government must take strong actions to ensure that folks can get by and to preserve their shot at the American Dream. In my view, those goals must be how our representatives weigh their choices and determine their actions. Reflexively ideological views on the role of government won’t do when so much is at stake.” (www.ct5thdistrict.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Job Creation and Economic Growth. 28 March 2012. “Small businesses are the engine of job creation and we need to give them the tools and predictability that enable them to create new jobs. That means providing access to capital, reducing unnecessary red tape, and making sure small business taxes are fair and encourage growth. I am proud of my record of working with local businesses and Chambers of Commerce to grow jobs, and I will take that same commitment to Washington.” (www.elizabethesty.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Education. 27 March 2012. “We must look hard at the performance of our current education system and figure out how to deliver better results for children. The limitations of the last decade of “teaching to the test” as well as the impact of budget cuts at the local, state, and national levels, demand that we do things differently. It is not enough to have admirable goals – we must insist on real results. That is why I believe that we need to work more closely with business as well as education professionals to prepare children for the future.” (www.elizabethesty.com)

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  • Dirk Perrefort. News Times: Esty, Roberti spar; Donovan avoids scrutiny. 4 August 2012. Esty said while the United States has to 'be the standard for responsible energy usage," a solution requires a global effort.'” (www.newstimes.com)
  • Luther Turmelle. Citizens Agenda: What will 5th District candidates do about cost of electricity? 10 August 2012. “Esty said lawmakers in Washington need to push for higher production of fuel-efficient vehicles 'to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce gas prices.'” (www.ct5thdistrict.com)

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  • Dirk Perrefort. News Times: Esty, Roberti spar; Donovan avoids scrutiny. 4 August 2012. “All three candidates said they support a ban on assault weapons, with Esty noting that 'no deer are out there wearing body armor.'” (www.newstimes.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Affordable Quality Health Care. 27 March 2012. “There are strong improvements in the new health care reform law, such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage of pre-existing conditions, ending lifetime limits on coverage, lowering costs for small businesses, and making sure you have coverage that can never be taken away. Although the new law is far from perfect, it would be a mistake to repeal it. Instead we should build on the reforms and improve them – particularly when it comes to making health care more affordable for the middle class and containing sky-rocketing costs. I support the bi-partisan repeal of the 1099 filing mandate, signed by President Obama, and believe it demonstrates that we can improve the law as needed without gutting or repealing it.” (www.elizabethesty.com)
  • The Register Citizen: Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback split on paid sick leave, other issues. 21 August 2012. “Esty, like her fellow Democrats, has spoken in favor of the bill: “The Supreme Court has made the right decision both legally and morally, and I applaud the president’s courage in taking on much needed reform. Now that the court has ruled, it’s time for both parties to stop bickering and start solving problems, making quality healthcare more affordable and, - most importantly - creating jobs and rebuilding our middle class.'” (www.ct5thdistrict.com)

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  • Matt DeRienzo. Housatonic Times: Democrats' Second Debate Re 5th District Seat Gives Fourth Candidate His Say on Money and Politics. 23 April 2012. “On approach to immigration reform, all four candidates said they support the DREAM Act and a path to citizenship for undocumented residents. Esty praised “Speaker Donovan’s leadership” in passing a Connecticut version of the DREAM Act that allows undocumented students to attend public universities and colleges at in-state tuition rates.” (www.housatonictimes.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Marriage Equality and Equal Rights. 27 March 2012. “I was proud to vote in the Connecticut legislature for full marriage equality and benefits for gay couples and have been a strong advocate of gay rights since before my brother came out in 1979.” (www.elizabethesty.com)
  • Record Journal Staff. Record-Journal: Donovan, Esty praise Obama for support of gay marriage. 9 May 2012. “The President's support marks a truly great moment in the struggle for equality--one that every American can be proud of," Esty said. "My brother had the courage to come out back in the 70’s when equality for same-sex couples seemed like a distant dream. I’ll never forget seeing his joy at being in love for the first time in his life. Instead of taking rights away, we should be strengthening all families. That’s why I was proud to vote for marriage equality when I served in the Connecticut state house, and it’s why I will fight to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act if elected to Congress." (www.myrecordjournal.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Foreign Policy and National Security. 27 March 2012. “Our number one national security priority must be to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat terrorism at home and abroad. By tracking down and killing Osama bin Laden, we sent a powerful message that we will always follow through and deliver justice, while also removing a key part of al Qaeda. But the threat of terrorism remains very real. We must give our intelligence and military services the tools and resources they need to protect us from this threat. We must also engage in active and effective diplomacy to increase our allies’ commitment to this effort around the world.” (www.elizabethesty.com)

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  • Elizabeth Esty. Issue Position: Protecting Seniors. 27 March 2012. “I also staunchly oppose any attempt to privatize or cut Social Security benefits. So many of our seniors depend on Social Security just to survive, and for others it is a critical element of their retirement plan. It’s their money, and they earned it.” (www.elizabethesty.com)

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