Representative Elizabeth Esty's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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Elizabeth Esty has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Elizabeth Esty is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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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  • “ As your Representative in Congress, I will stand in strong defense of these rights. Simply put, a woman's medical decisions should always be made between her, her family, and her doctor--not politicians. Recent attempts by some politicians to chip away at that right, as well as efforts to restrict access to care, require us to remain vigilant. I strongly oppose the political actions of some House Republicans to outlaw abortions in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. We cannot afford to turn back the clock for women.” http://esty.house.gov/issues/womens-rights (esty.house.gov)
  • “Protect a woman's right to choose. 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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/680309/issue-position-womens-rights#.VX8-T3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “End the Bush tax cuts for millionaires. 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. “ http://votesmart.org/public-statement/680288/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility-and-protecting-taxpayers/?search=bush%20tax#.VXH7DXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Too many people are struggling today to find a job or hang onto the one they have. And too often Washington looks out for those at the top, instead of looking out for the middle class.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/680285/issue-position-job-creation-and-economic-growth#.VX8-0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “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, 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.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/72826/elizabeth-esty/#.VXHpQnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • The Register Citizen “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.” http://www.ct5thdistrict.com/2012/08/21/elizabeth-esty-and-andrew-roraback-split-on-paid-sick-leave-other-issues/ (www.ct5thdistrict.com)

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  • “The budget Esty voted for makes critical investments to support American workers and boost our nation’s innovation and competitiveness, increases opportunity for middle-class families, and moves us towards a smarter, leaner government. Specifically, it makes key investments in upgrading our national infrastructure […] and provides tax relief for working families while closing tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas.” http://esty.house.gov/index.php/news/press-releases/11-today-congresswoman-elizabeth-esty-voted-for-a-commonsense-budget-to-boost-economy (esty.house.gov)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766523/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy/?search=taxes#.VXH-hXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Under the leadership of Governor Malloy, Connecticut has significantly expanded preschool opportunities for families. I want to thank Secretary Burwell and Secretary Duncan for their meaningful investment in the future of Connecticut children, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure that every family has access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/943509/connecticut-wins-competitve-federal-grant-to-expand-high-quality-preschool/?search=education#.VXH_bXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I'm also a strong supporter of federal funding for Head Start. Last year, when federal investment for Head Start was slashed because of budget sequestration, I fought hard to restore this critical funding.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918585/issue-position-education#.VX9FMnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VX9Gb3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against, H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation that would mandate federal approval of all construction and operation permits for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline regardless of whether the pipeline meets the requirements of the law and without consideration for its long-term environmental impact.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/786869/esty-opposes-legislation-to-mandate-construction-of-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VX9GtXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 100% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/72826/elizabeth-esty/30#.VXIHZ3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • “We should move quickly to an energy-efficient future, which will require investments in renewable energy and incentives for energy-efficient technologies.” http://esty.house.gov/issues/energy-and-environment (esty.house.gov)

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  • Rated 100% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/72826/elizabeth-esty/30#.VXIHZ3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “Thank you for your efforts to address the challenge of reducing harmful carbon emissions that are jeopardizing human health and threatening our environment. We were pleased to see your agency recently propose standards under the Clean Air Act for new power plants, and we applaud your commitment to develop standards for reducing emissions from existing power plants.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/842196/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-administrator-us-environmental-protection-agency-northeast-greenhouse-gas-initiative-is-a-model-for-the-nation/?search=cap#.VX9IUHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 7% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/72826/elizabeth-esty/37#.VXID33UViko (votesmart.org)
  • “As a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I'm working on commonsense gun safety reforms, like expanded background checks for all commercial gun sales, stricter punishments for illegal gun trafficking, and more support for mental health to protect our children and provide law enforcement with the tools they need to keep our communities safe.” http://esty.house.gov/issues/gun-safety (esty.house.gov)

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  • “Every American deserves quality affordable health care. Although the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, it would be a mistake to repeal it.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918602/issue-position-health-care/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VX9KHXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “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. Today's decision means that our young people will continue to receive health care coverage up to the age of 26. It means that insurance companies cannot deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. It means that our seniors who've fallen through the Medicare donut hole will get the help they need to purchase the medications they depend on. While we still have work to do to improve our health care system -- decreasing medical errors and wasteful paperwork, increasing access to home health care, and letting Medicare use its bargaining power to get better rates and prices for prescription medications -- this is a day that Americans can feel both relief and pride. 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."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734668/esty-statement-regarding-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-uphold-the-affordable-care-act/?search=healthcare#.VXIGxXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “While I believe we can and should enact adjustments and improvements to the Affordable Care Act, repeal is not a solution. I’ve consistently opposed bills that would fully repeal the Affordable Care Act or block implementation of the law.” http://esty.house.gov/index.php/priorities/health-care (esty.house.gov)

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  • “Esty is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, ensures everyone pays their fair share of back taxes, keeps families together, protects workers, and includes an earned path to citizenship for hard-working immigrants.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945639/congresswoman-elizabeth-esty-opposes-dangerous-homeland-security-bill-that-rolls-back-immigration-reforms/?search=DREAM#.VX9K5HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Fixing our broken immigration system is the right thing to do for families and one of the best things we can do to boost economic growth. We should have a system that focuses on deporting violent criminals, not breaking up families. It’s time for Congress to act. I support comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, keeps families together, and creates an earned path to citizenship where immigrants get in the back of the line and pay back taxes.” http://esty.house.gov/index.php/priorities/immigration (esty.house.gov)

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  • “Marriage equality is deeply personal for me. I gave a gay rights speech when I was just 15 years old, and I’ve been a strong advocate ever since. A few years ago, I was proud to welcome my brother’s husband into our family. And one of my proudest moments in the state legislature was voting for marriage equality.” http://esty.house.gov/issues/equality (esty.house.gov)
  • “One year ago today, the Supreme Court made the historic decision to uphold our values of equality and freedom for all Americans, no matter who you are or who you love. Last year's decision meant that thousands of gay and lesbian couples received federal recognition of their marriages and the federal benefits they deserve.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901687/rep-elizabeth-estys-statement-on-one-year-anniversary-of-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-strike-down-doma#.VX9LdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “[...] I have not received sufficient assurances that the proposed plan to train and equip Syrian opposition forces will advance U.S. national security interests. At this time, based on the evidence presented in classified briefings, I believe that there remain too many troubling and unanswered questions about the capabilities, intentions, and even priorities of the Syrian opposition forces we would potentially train and arm. For these reasons, I could not support the McKeon amendment.” http://esty.house.gov/index.php/news/press-release-archive/2014-press-releases/155-rep-elizabeth-esty-s-statement-on-today-s-vote-on-arming-and-training-syrian-opposition-forces (esty.house.gov)
  • “Let me be clear, recent attempts at ‘nation-building’ make me very wary of mission creep or involvement in broader sectarian divisions for which there is no military solution. We need to recruit and empower our partners in the region to take ownership of this situation and, ultimately, their own security.” http://esty.house.gov/index.php/news/press-release-archive/2014-press-releases/158-rep-elizabeth-esty-s-statement-on-president-obama-s-address-tonight (esty.house.gov)
  • “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.” http://elizabethesty.com/issues/national-security/ (elizabethesty.com)

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  • “I stood up to proposed cuts to Social Security and staunchly oppose any attempt to privatize or cut Social Security benefits.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918607/issue-position-protecting-seniors#.VX9OonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Stop Social Security privatization. I also staunchly oppose any attempt to privatize or cut Social Security benefits.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/680290/issue-position-protecting-seniors#.VX9OpnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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