Norwich — After briefly celebrating the Interior Department’s approval allowing the East Windsor casino to move forward, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., took on a darker tone, talking about how a “national security crisis is upon us now.”

At a Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut business luncheon that nearly 150 people attended at the Holiday Inn Norwich on Friday, much of the senator’s update focused on the interplay between the defense industry and jobs, plus discussion of infrastructure and immigration.

While Blumenthal said he is happy about President Donald Trump’s proposal to increase the Department of Defense budget, he said “alarm bells should sound” at his proposal of a 35 percent cut in Department of Labor training and a 15 percent cut in Department of Education

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