Washington – In rare bipartisan agreement, Congress approved a massive budget deal that will increase federal spending in Connecticut, providing big boosts for the state’s defense industry and health care programs and even helping schools educate displaced students from Puerto Rico.
The budget deal increases both military and domestic spending.
It will raise defense spending to $700 billion for 2018 and $716 billion for 2019, increasing the number of F-35s the Pentagon will buy this year to about 90 and boosting money for the new Columbia ballistic missile submarine and the Virginia-class attack sub, which are both built by Electric Boat. The budget deal also is expected to increase the number of Sikorsky-made helicopters the military will buy this year and next.
“We’re in business,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, whose district includes Electric Boat and Naval Submarine Base New London.
Every member of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, all Democrats, voted for the package, saying it would boost Connecticut’s economy.
“Connecticut stands to benefit from significant, necessary increases to both military and non-military spending critical…TO READ MORE CLICK HERE