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From the New London Day: $700 billion defense policy bill signed by Trump “paves” the way for more submarines

Before signing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law Tuesday, President Donald Trump highlighted some of its key provisions, saying it “paves the way for beautiful, new Virginia-class submarines, the finest in the world.

“The law authorizes $700 billion in military spending in fiscal year 2018, in addition to more troops, more aircraft and more attack submarines.

Some of the key provisions for Connecticut:

  • About $8 billion for Virginia- and Columbia-class submarines built by Electric Boat.
  • Roughly $10 billion for 90 Joint Strike Fighters. Pratt & Whitney makes the engines.
  • $1 billion for 53 Black Hawks and $1 billion for 4 CH-53Ks, both made by Sikorsky.
  • $7 million to construct a base entry complex for the Connecticut National Guard at Bradley International Airport.

Lawmakers are grappling with how to pay for the measure given it is $85 billion above what’s allowed by law.

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