5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty opposes draft legislation that would institute a monthly reduction in pay for troops as a means of offsetting the cost of expanding G.I. Bill eligibility and longevity for future veterans. She is concerned about asking the troops, who she says have already sacrifice more than enough, to bear any additional burden in exchange for the benefits they deserve. Esty says asking the troops to pay for their own benefits while the country is still engaged in conflict sends the wrong signal. Esty is a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.