Larson: During These Difficult Times, NDAA Will Strengthen Connecticut’s Manufacturing
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after voting for the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes increases for multiple defense programs based in Connecticut.
“During these difficult times, the FY2021 NDAA provides a much-needed 3 percent raise for our troops and boosts defense manufacturing in Connecticut. These increases support thousands of jobs and help our economy. This would not have happened without the work of Rep. Joe Courtney who leads the fight for Connecticut in the Armed Services Committee and is a member of the conference committee.
"The NDAA includes a nearly $2 billion increase in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Last year the program supported more than 92 suppliers in the state, 16,500 jobs, and had an economic impact of $1.7 billion. Thanks to Rep. Courtney, the Virginia class submarine program also saw a $1.3 billion increase and the restoration of a second submarine which was listed by the Navy as its number one unfunded priority, yet was cut by the President’s budget. Submarine programs support more than 367 suppliers and have an $864 million economic impact in the state. Connecticut’s First District is also the largest supplier for Sikorsky helicopters which supports more than 126 suppliers and has a $166 million economic impact across the state.
“The President’s veto threat on something unrelated to our national defense, puts our national security at risk. For the past 59 years the NDAA has been approved on a bipartisan basis, as it is going to be again today. The President should sign this bill into law with no delay.”
Highlights of Connecticut's defense manufacturing priorities:
- $10.6 billion for purchase of 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, advanced procurement, modifications to existing fighters, spares, and continued development (a $1.7 billion increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $2.8 billion for B-21 Raider development.
- $6.8 billion for the Virginia class submarine program, including restoration of a second submarine removed by the President's budget (a $1.3 billion increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $2.7 billion for 12 KC-46A Tankers (a $500 million increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $4.5 billion for the Ohio Replacement Submarine (a $2.7 billion increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $986 million for UH-60 Blackhawks.
- $1 billion for CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters (a $193 million increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $734 million for E-2D ADV Hawkeyes.
- $1 billion for Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters (a $124 million increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $589 million for VH-92 Presidential helicopters (a $58 million increase over last year's authorized amount).
- $7 million for research and development of the unmanned K-MAX helicopter.