by Jennifer Swift
Jan 28, 2014
03:27 PMConnecticut Politics
Before Obama Speaks, Esty Comments on her own Priorities for the State
Even before President Barack Obama took to the Hill to give his fifth State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, was already connecting his possible topics of discussion back to opportunities in her home state.
Esty, a freshman, outlined the opportunities she sees possible for Connecticut, based on her expectations of what Obama will address.
“Yes, President Obama will talk tonight about the serious challenges currently facing our country—but he’ll also focus on opportunities—opportunities that are important for us here in Connecticut,” Esty said. “My focus has been and will continue to be on bringing these opportunities—these bipartisan, commonsense ways to grow our economy and create good-paying, middle class jobs—right here to our state.”
Among those opportunities include training the workforce for future jobs, investment in infrastructure to help the economy, jobs and job security and the Affordable Care Act.
Esty has not always voted in line with her party, sometimes voting for fixes or changes to the Affordable Care Act while all other members of the Connecticut delegation voted with the party.
“Yes, this law needs improvement, and I’m working to make sure it works well for folks in my district. But I’m excited by the progress the law is making towards the goal of quality, affordable health care for all Americans,” she said.
Esty also spoke of the need for Congress to act on gun control.
“It’s simply shameful that Congress has not acted and that some in the Senate blocked enhanced criminal background checks despite the support of a bipartisan majority, despite the overwhelming support of the American people,” she said. I expect the President tonight to renew his call challenging Congress to act so that our families and our communities are safer and stronger.”