Blumenthal: Billions In Approved Defense Spending To Benefit State Manufacturers
HARTFORD — Billions of dollars in defense spending are expected to directly benefit Connecticut manufacturers and workers, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.
The Senate Armed Services Committee, of which the Democrat is a member, approved the National Defense Authorization Act Thursday. A version of the spending bill must be passed by the House of Representatives and the two measures must be reconciled before heading to President Obama for his signature.
Blumenthal, surrounded by labor union officials who represent workers at jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky and Electric Boat, which builds submarines, said the Senate committee vote is a victory for Connecticut. He called the spending plan a "major breakthrough."
"This budget reflects a dangerous world and a world that presents turmoil and threat unlike any in our recent history, maybe unlike in our entire history," Blumenthal said at a news conference at the Capitol.