Larson, House Pass Defense Bill with Connecticut Priorities
Washington, D.C. – Last night Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included many priorities for Connecticut, including 85 F-35's, four spare F-35B engines, and $17 million for the CT Air National Guard at Bradley Aerospace.
“Throughout the pandemic, the Connecticut defense manufacturing sector remained strong thanks to the work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other defense priorities. Not a single member of the machinists’ union working on the F-35 in Connecticut was laid off,” said Larson. “The FY2022 NDAA includes $11.4 billion for 85 F-35's and four spare F-35B engines. The F-35 program alone supports over 6,000 jobs, 41 suppliers, and has an economic impact of more than $750 million in Connecticut’s First District. It also includes $11.4 billion for Columbia and Virginia class submarines, a 2.7 percent increase in pay for our service members, and it boosts parental leave to 12 weeks. I thank Rep. Joe Courtney for his steadfast leadership on the House Armed Services Committee and for always fighting for Connecticut.
“In addition to the strong investment in Connecticut’s defense manufacturing sector, the package includes $17 million for CT Air National Guard’s Aerospace Ground Equipment and Vehicle Maintenance facility at Bradley Air National Guard Base. The NDAA also takes steps to address PFAS contaminations like what happened in Windsor several years ago,” Larson continued.
“The bill also makes significant investments in our nation’s cybersecurity to address this continually evolving and critical threat. I will continue to support and advocate for policies that keep troops out of harms’ way and prevent fighting in unnecessary wars on foreign soil. By investing in these national security measures, we are ensuring our military remains well-equipped and deters foreign adversaries from acting,” said Larson.
“During COVID-19, passenger airline miles plummeted. The work our members at Pratt & Whitney do on the F-135 engines for the joint strike fighter helped keep anyone from being laid off. The Machinists in CT are appreciative of Congressman Larson’s efforts to assure the F-35 takes the lead in our nation’s air superiority. Our members in Connecticut provide the power for this phenomenal aircraft. Orders like this help provide good paying union jobs at both the aircraft manufacturer and our members at Pratt & Whitney,” said Mike Stone, District 26 Directing Business Representative, IAM.
Connecticut Priorities Included in the FY2022 NDAA:
- $11.4 billion for 85 F-35’s and four spare F-35B engines
- $108 million for the B-21 Raider Long Range Strike Bomber Program
- $1.6 for 11 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters, advanced procurement, and research
- $4.8 billion for the Ohio-class Replacement Submarine Program (Columbia-class)
- $1 billion for 6 E-2D ADV Hawkeyes and advanced procurement
- $2.3 billion for 14 KC-46A Tankers
- $6.6 billion for 2 Virginia-class submarines plus industrial base expansion
- $1.2 billion for UH-60 Blackhawks