- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s two U.S. senators say investments included in a congressional defense spending will boost the state’s military contractors.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy touted the commitments to local companies in a visit Thursday to Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford.

The Connecticut companies benefitting from the National Defense Authorization Act include Groton’s Electric Boat, which is building attack submarines and developing plans for a new class of ballistic-missile submarines.

Others include Pratt & Whitney, which makes engines for military aircraft, and helicopter maker Sikorsky.

In addition to the billions of dollars allocated for those major programs, the bill calls for $16.3 million for a fuel and corrosion center at Bradley Air National Guard Base in Connecticut.

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