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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Minus Himes, CT Lawmakers Vote for Billions for Defense

By Ann Radelat

Washington – With the help of most, but not all of the Connecticut congressional delegation, the House today approved spending billions of dollars for submarines, helicopters and jets made by the state’s defense contractors.

“The defense authorization passed by the House today was beyond fiscally irresponsible,” Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said in a statement. “Congress took the path of least resistance – refusing to close a single missile silo or any Soviet-era weapon systems and continuing to fund programs and weapons the Pentagon doesn’t want.”

Himes also objected that the $600 billion bill prohibits the closing of Guantanamo, prohibits the Department of Defense from pursuing any action on climate change, and refuses to narrow an what he sees as an over-broad Authorization for Use of Military Force.

“A Congress that has said no to unemployment insurance and investment in roadways and railways should not force unwanted and unneeded spending onto the Pentagon and taxpayers,” Himes said.

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