PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNS DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNS DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLWASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) expressed his support of the President's decision to sign the Defense Authorization Bill today that contains funding for the procurement of the F-22 Raptor as well as additional research and development funding for the aircraft. The F-22 carries two engines that are made by East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney.
Larson Cites Importance of Funding for F-22 Aircraft and Support for Additional Connecticut Defense Programs
"I am thrilled that the President has signed this appropriations bill that is vitally important to our national defense and the state," said Larson who has worked hard for the F-22 program since his election to Congress. "This legislation that the President signed today provides funding for a number of valuable defense programs that are crucial to keeping our military strong and at the same time revitalizing Connecticut's manufacturing industrial base."
In addition to pushing the F-22 program forward, Larson had also worked with his colleagues to include $47.8 million to begin refitting several Air National Guard F-16 squadrons with new, more modern Pratt & Whitney-built engines. "This is the beginning of what we hope will be an ongoing refit program," Larson added.
The bill also includes $2.1 billion to build 10 new F-22 Raptor and $400 million to buy five new F-15 Eagle fighters. Finally, the bill includes $2.2 billion for 12 new C-17 transport aircraft, each powered by four Pratt-made engines, and $73.1 million to upgrade F-15 engines that are currently in service.
Within the First Congressional District, Chandler Evans Control Systems in West Hartford received $4.8 million for several Army and Air Force research and development programs as well as a share of $117 million to upgrade the Army's fleet of CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Hamilton Sunstrand received $4 million to continue research and development on a new propeller design.
Elsewhere in the state, Sikorsky and Electric Boat programs also fared well in the bill, which included $614 million for research and development of the Comanche next generation helicopter program, over $380 million for 35 Black Hawk helicopters, $37.8 million to convert old SSBN submarines to a new SSGN configuration, and $1.2 billion to procure a new NSSN submarine.