Washington, DC – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2024. The NDAA funds the United States’ defense related programs and is one of the major pieces of legislation that Congress passes annually. This year, the bill includes $886 billion in discretionary spending for national security related programs, including significant investments in defense industrial base suppliers and technology from Connecticut based companies.

This year, with our allies in Ukraine and Israel still reeling from violent attacks, a robust defense program is more critical than ever,” said Congressman Jim Himes. “The 2024 National Defense Authorization Act bolsters our traditional military presence while also investing in modern technology to combat the ever-evolving threats to our nation. I am particularly glad that this legislation contains significant funds for Connecticut-based companies, expanding our state’s role as a leader in defense technology development and bringing jobs to our district.”

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2024 invests billions of dollars in funding for Connecticut companies. This includes:

  • A significant investment in the U.S. submarine industrial base as part of the AUKUS pact between the U.S., U.K., and Australia;
  • The first increment of funding for the second boat in the Columbia-class program;
  • The purchase of:
    • 83 F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps
    • 15 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for the Marine Corps
    • 24 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Army
    • 26 UH-60 L and V Black Hawk helicopters for the Army 
    • 2 Combat Rescue Helicopters for the Air Force
    • 2 Virginia- Class Submarines.

For more information or with any questions, contact Nora Kohli at Nora.Kohli@mail.house.gov