(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Congressman John Larson (CT-1), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) issued the following statement today regarding the contract deal for the next batch of F-35 John Strike Fighters.

This is welcome news for our men and women in uniform who rely on the F-35 to maintain our unparalleled air superiority. This latest contract reflects years of efforts to cut costs, increase efficiency, and improve production. Today’s announcement will help support thousands of jobs at Connecticut's Pratt & Whitney and the hundreds of suppliers throughout the state. This aircraft is indispensable to our national security, and we will continue to fight for full production without delay.”