Larson Applauds Bipartisan Approval Of National Security Appropriations
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House approval of Defense funding in the National Security Appropriations Minibus (HR 1158):
“I was proud to support this bipartisan agreement that provides the full-year funding for our national security programs, delivers key priorities for Connecticut’s manufacturing base, and eliminates the looming threat of a funding lapse,” said Larson. “The bill boosts our military readiness, funds a 3.1 percent pay raise for our military, and provides $34 billion for health programs (including $492 million to support cancer research). The agreement also makes significant investments in the F-35, submarine, and helicopter programs that support hundreds of small to large manufacturers across our state.
“Earlier this year, the F-35 Program saw unprecedented support. This overwhelming bipartisan backing is clearly reflected in today’s agreement that provides $13.4 billion for our nation’s only 5th generation fighter. Our men and women overseas deserve the best equipment to ensure the United States maintains its air dominance as they fight to protect our national security. The F-35 program alone supports over fifteen thousand jobs across the state. Today’s vote is a win for Connecticut manufacturing and our servicemembers.”
Highlights of Connecticut's defense manufacturing priorities:
- $9.3 billion for purchase of 98 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (20 more than the President’s Budget Request), $1.8 billion in advance procurement and modifications, $1.5 billion in continued research and development, and $757 million in spares.
- $3 billion for development of the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber.
- $5.4 billion for procurement of Virginia class submarines including $3 billion in advance procurement for the third submarine.
- $2.1 billion for 12 KC-46A Tankers.
- $1.8 billion for advanced procurement of the Ohio Replacement Program, including $548 million for continued research and development as well as $123 million for supplier development.
- $1.4 billion for 74 UH-60 Blackhawks.
- $847 million for purchase of 6 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters and $507 million for continued development.
- $1 billion for purchase of 6 E-2D ADV Hawkeye.
- $851 million for procurement of 12 Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters.
- $641 million for 6 VH-92 Presidential helicopters.
- $18.5 million for research and development of the unmanned K-MAX helicopter.
Last week, the House approved the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Conference Report. For more information, please see Larson’s statement here.