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Push is on for more F-35s, Sikorsky helicopters and work for EB

Defense hawks are hoping the Trump administration will agree to a supplemental defense bill, and an increase in defense spending in the next annual budget. President Donald Trump has vowed to rebuild the military — and “to load it up” with “beautiful new equipment.” Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers vote against waiver for defense secretary nominee Mattis

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday voted against granting retired Marine Gen. James Mattis a waiver that would allow him to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of defense. Blumenthal was only one of three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote against a waiver. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House approves stopgap bill that helps CT defense industry

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday helped pass a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown – and ease the way for the confirmation of retired Gen. James N. Mattis as the next secretary of defense – but there’s trouble in the Senate. Continue Reading →

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Defense hawks hope Trump keeps vow to boost military spending

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a $619 billion defense bill and the Senate is expected to follow this week, but there’s a push to add F-35s, Black Hawk helicopters and other military hardware to the Pentagon’s shopping list early next year, right after President-elect Donald Trump assumes office. Continue Reading →

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Federal budget bill good for CT defense, health insurance industries

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s proposed $1.1 trillion budget deal will please Connecticut health insurers, defense contractors and early childhood education advocates; but disappoint those seeking more federal heating aid and country-of-origin labeling on beef and pork. Continue Reading →

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Courtney took a moderate path in 113th Congress

WASHINGTON – When Congress considered legislation that would give President Obama authority to train and arm Syrian rebels last summer, Rep. Joe Courtney was the only member of the Connecticut delegation to support it. The vote was one of several instances in which the lawmaker split with his colleagues in the 113th Congress. (This is the second in a series of stories on the role each member of the Connecticut congressional delegation played in the 113th Congress.) Continue Reading →

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Defense bill has billions for new sub class, other CT-made weapons

WASHINGTON – The defense authorization bill making its way through Congress containins billions for submarines, helicopters and other weaponry made by companies in the state. It includes a special $3.5 billion fund for a new class of submarines that could be built by Electric Boat in Groton. Continue Reading →

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Electric Boat wins big with approval of funding of new nuclear sub

WASHINGTON – Benefiting from the Pentagon’s plans to “rebalance” the U.S. military, Electric Boat is a big winner in a $600 billion defense authorization bill that is expected to soon win House approval. Continue Reading →

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