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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Connecticut’s Defense Industry

Yankee Ingenuity and a tradition of manufacturing expertise have - for generations - positioned Connecticut as a leader in Defense Manufacturing.  Thousands of Connecticut residents work on programs associated with protecting our democracy and tens of thousands more are affected by the work that occurs across our state.

Congressman Larson remains focused on working both sides of the aisle to ensure the viability of these programs, and protecting the defense and manufacturing based associated with it in Connecticut.

Rep. Larson views the F35 mock-up

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, powered by the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, represents the future of our nation’s air supremacy and a key component to our foreign policy. Not only will the United States buy more than 2,400 F-35s for use by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, but we’ll sell hundreds more to our allies across the globe. 

Here in Connecticut, the work associated with Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine will support thousands of new jobs at Pratt and the hundreds of small and medium sized business that comprise the backbone of our state’s industrial base. This aircraft and its engine will truly reinvigorate the Connecticut aerospace industry and provide work for our next generation of machinists.   

The “Alternate” Engine Debate

In 2011, after years of work in both the House and Senate, Congressman Larson led a successful bipartisan effort to eliminate what was commonly referred to as the Alternate Engine from the Joint Strike Fighter program.  The Alternate Engine was a second, duplicative engine program for the Joint Strike Fighter that had been funded for years against the will of Presidents Bush and Obama and Secretaries of Defense Rumsfield and Gates.    

Eliminating the Alternate Engine remains one of my most significant accomplishments because of what it means for our state and our workforce.  Pratt & Whitney is now the only supplier of engines to the Joint Strike Fighter program.  For Connecticut and our Machinists, this means that our highly-skilled, highly trained workforce will continue to work on the military’s most advanced programs for decades to come.  By some estimates, Larson’s work is believed to have locked in more than $100 billion in business for Pratt & Whitney and their suppliers over the next 30 years.    

The Joint Strike Fighter Caucus

In Congress, Congressman Larson is committed to educating his colleagues on the importance of the Joint Strike Fighter program and was honored to be named the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus in 2013. 

Along with Republican Co-chair, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Larson is ensuring that members of Congress have a full understanding of the important role the Joint Strike Fighter program plays in national security and the impact that any changes to the program can have on our readiness and our industrial base. Already, more than 90 of his colleagues have joined the Caucus. 

 

More on Connecticut’s Defense Industry

October 5, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that Barkhamsted-based Tru-Hitch, Inc. has received a $10.6 million contract from the U.S. Army for the procurement of critical components of the Army’s Modular Catastrophic Recovery Systems.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.
July 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement on House passage of the Conference Report to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA).
June 28, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019.
May 23, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after United Technologies Corps announced it will hire 35,000 new employees over the next five years and 2,000 of them will be hired in Connecticut in the next two years.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the omnibus appropriations bill in the House that will fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2018.
March 21, 2018 Press Release
During today’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the United States trade policy agenda, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) asked U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer for clarity on the effects of the Trump Administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs on manufacturers in the First District.
January 8, 2018 Page
2017 re-cap from Rep. Larson.
November 14, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
September 6, 2017 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced today that Sikorsky has signed a $304 million contract with the U.S. Navy enabling Sikorsky to begin Connecticut construction of the first two production CH-53K “King Stallion” helicopters. The Marine Corps plans to procure 200 of these heavy lift helicopters from Sikorsky.

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