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    Blumenthal warns that Pentagon cuts could hurt state

    US Senator Richard Blumenthal said federal budget cuts known as the sequester could damage Connecticut’s significant aerospace industry. The senior senator was in Toulouse, France, on Monday on a trade trip intended to boost Connecticut contracts with Airbus. Without action by President Obama and Congress, the Pentagon spending cuts will occur on March 1. In a conference call with reporters, Blumenthal, a Democrat, said many contracts have already begun. He said the sequester, if it happens, would not end production soon. However, Blumenthal said the impact would be unwelcome.