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House-Passed Defense Bill Includes Larson Request for F-35 Investment

June 28, 2018
Press Release
Will Continue Manufacturing Growth in Connecticut

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019:

“This defense funding bill will continue to support the First District’s manufacturing supply chain, which is made up of nearly 160 small businesses that fuel our economy and employ thousands of high-skilled workers.

“Earlier this year, I led a request for at least 93 F-35 aircraft to be included in this appropriations bill alongside with my co-chair of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL). This defense funding bill matches that request by investing in the procurement of 93 F-35 aircraft (16 more than was requested in the President’s budget). Production of the engine for the F-35 aircraft is at the heart of the First District’s defense manufacturing ecosystem, creating thousands of jobs and growing our economy. Moreover, the bill included funding for two Virginia-class submarines secured by Rep. Joe Courtney, that will continue to support the many suppliers in the First District.  I was proud to support this bipartisan effort that will strengthen our national defense and lead to continued economic growth across the First District and Connecticut,” said Larson.

In the First Congressional District alone, work on the F-35 is supporting more than 4,600 jobs and is resulting in $545 million in economic activity this year.  The First District is also home to 88 suppliers of the Navy’s submarine programs representing $198 million in purchase orders this year and more than 30 suppliers of our military’s helicopter programs representing $82 million. Earlier this year, Larson led a letter to the appropriations committee requesting the funding of 93 F-35’s in FY 2019.

Highlights of Connecticut's defense manufacturing priorities in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

  • $9.4 billion to purchase 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
  • $2.3 billion for advance procurement of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber
  • $2.79 billion in advance procurement and $5.3 billion to fully fund 2 Virginia-class submarines
  • $2.3 billion for 15 KC-46A Tankers
  • $3 billion for advanced procurement of Ohio Replacement Program
  • $1.2 billion for 58 UH-60 Blackhawks
  • $1 billion for purchase 8 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters
  • $678 million for advance procurement of 10 Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters and $457 million in research and development for a new combat rescue helicopter
  • $649 million for procurement and development of VH-92A Presidential Helicopter
  • $151 million for C-130H Modernization, including $55 million for eight blade propeller upgrades and $74 million for the engine enhancement program

Other Highlights

  • Raises military pay by 2.6%
  • $752 million for congressionally directed medical research programs vital for treatment advancements on cancer, PTSD, Parkinson’s, etc.