WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement on Monday after it was announced that United Technologies Corporation (UTC) would be merging with Raytheon:

“I have serious concerns about the impact this merger will have on our country and on Connecticut. UTC said they will keep manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, and I remain focused on the thousands of workers in our state who rely on these jobs to put food on the table.

“I intend to work closely with state government officials, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense to ensure this merger does not violates the agreement UTC signed with the state. I remain increasingly concerned about the rapid consolidating within defense and aerospace industry and the impact on competition. Our nation depends on a diverse and competitive industrial base and I intend to review this process closely in the months ahead,” said Murphy.