Larson Votes in Favor of Defense Budget
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on his vote in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017:
“While I strongly disapprove of the Republican Leadership’s continued use of budgetary gimmicks, I ultimately decided that the defense of our nation is too important to go unfunded.
“Connecticut has long played a vital role in our nation’s security. President Washington himself nicknamed us the Provisions State in recognition of all we provided during the Revolution. Even today, we are the lynchpin in the defense of our country’s skies and sea. Our state and our tens of thousands of highly-skilled workers are making breakthroughs today that will keep our country secure for the next generation to come. Whether it is the F-35, the Air Force’s Combat Rescue helicopter, the Long Range Strike Bomber, or the submarine programs, we continue to lead the way.
“In Connecticut, our country’s defense is not just a talking point. It is our way of life, and it has been for generations. It is with that in mind that I ultimately voted in favor of this budget.”
Last week, the State of Connecticut’s Office of Military Affairs released its annual report detailing the strength of Connecticut’s defense industrial base. Nationally, Connecticut ranks fourth in terms of defense dollars directly spent on procurement and R&D.