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Larson Votes for NDAA

July 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D. C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“This year’s NDAA not only makes critical investments in our military and domestic manufacturing bases, but it also invests in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has been lacking from this Administration. Our country is grappling with an unprecedented health crisis that has caused more than 130,000 deaths, millions who have become sick (including more than 50,000 people in Connecticut), tens of millions who are out of work, and small businesses struggling to stay afloat. This pandemic is far from over. To strengthen our response, the NDAA invests $1 billion to improve our pandemic preparedness to proactively prepare for potential resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused a dire financial crisis. Many small businesses, who employ millions of Americans across the country are struggling to keep up. These businesses include small suppliers who manufacture vital parts for our military. To help them out during this difficult time, the NDAA creates the Small Business Industrial Base Resiliency Program to support small suppliers. This will help stabilize thousands of manufacturing jobs in the First District and help keep our economy going.

“This year’s NDAA also addresses the systemic racism that exists in our military. The legislations changes the names of military installations named after individuals who served in the Confederacy. It also creates a Special Investigator to combat racial disparities, establishes Chief Diversity Officers throughout the military, and creates initiatives for increasing representation of women and minorities in the military services.

“I would like to commend Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) for his efforts on this package. He worked hard to preserve Connecticut’s defense priorities with the authorizers The NDAA maintains a commitment to defense manufacturers in our state, which remains our number one manufacturing priority. It also allows for flexibility to utilize additional funding reported in the Defense Appropriations package. This is good for our core manufacturing base and supply chain for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, our helicopter programs, the Virginia Class Submarine program, and more. This funding is critical for our troops overseas as well as jobs here at home, and I am proud to vote for the bill,” said Larson.

Highlights of COVID-19 Response Provisions in the NDAA:

  • Invests $1 billion for the Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund to strengthen our response to COVID-19 and future pandemics
  • Directs the federal government to keep a repository of federally approved plans and specifications for critical medical items in order to ensure manufacturers are quickly able to produce necessary medical supplies in response to potential national emergencies such as COVID-19.


Highlights of Connecticut's defense manufacturing priorities:

$10.7 billion for purchase of 79 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters including advanced procurement, modifications to existing fighters, continued development; includes additional flexibility to procure additional fighters.

$2.8 billion for advance procurement of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber

$6.8 billion for the Virginia class submarine program

$2.2 billion for 12 KC-46A Tankers

$4.4 billion for Ohio Replacement

$725 billion for 36 UH-60 Blackhawks

$1.4 billion for purchase 7 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters, including $201 million for advance procurement, and $406 million for continued development

$626 million to purchase 4 E-2D ADV Hawkeye and $123 million for advance procurement

$973 million for procurement of 16 Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters

$610 million for 5 VH-92 Presidential helicopters

$7 million for research and development of the unmanned K-MAX helicopter