Chris Murphy’s Faux OutrageMay 26, 2017
It seems unlikely that the freshman senator will want to sour any potential campaign donors
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is trying to sink President Trump’s proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, while carving out the portion that would benefit Sikorsky, a Connecticut-based defense juggernaut:
Sen. Chris Murphy has teamed up with Sen. Rand Paul to try to block part of a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, but not the portion that would benefit Sikorsky.
While Murphy only wants to block about $500 million of the sale, its clear the Murphy’s moral righteousness falls short when it comes hurting Connecticut’s huge defense industry:
The Saudi arms deal also includes a number of helicopters built by Sikorsky, including 14 MH-60Rs for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, 19 UH-60 Utility Helicopters for Royal Saudi Land Forces and 30 UH-60 Search & Rescue Helicopters for the Royal Saudi Air Force.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) praised Connecticut’s growing defense industry in his “State of the State” address. The Hartford Courant has even reported that Donald Trump’s plan to raise defense spending will benefit Connecticut:
President Donald Trump‘s proposal to boost Pentagon spending by $54 billion could be a big win for Connecticut manufacturers that build helicopters, submarines and engines for fighter jets.
As Senator Murphy falls on a short list of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, it seems unlikely that the freshman senator will want to sour any potential campaign donors like the defense industry – or add to the already-declining Connecticut economy.
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