Brindisi bemoans Trump's defense-bill veto

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Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, decried President Donald Trump’s veto of the defense authorization act, which includes money for work at Rome Lab and elsewhere in the region.

Among provisions in the spending package passed by Congress last week was $25 million for three quantum computing and drone projects at Rome Lab, support for work at Assured Information Security in Rome, protections for jobs at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service operations in Rome and an Air National Guard unit in Rome. Other parts of the legislation affects Clinton-based Indium Corp., helicopter builder Lockheed Martin’s Southern Tier operations, and promote domestic purchases of supplies. Other parts promote health care access for guard and reserve members, military mental health care, and Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Brindisi said the veto also jeopardizes a 3% pay raise for troops.

“Pay raises for our troops and our national defense should not be dragged into a petty partisan fight. This veto threatens jobs in our area, our national security, the crucial work done at Rome Lab, and a much-deserved pay raise for our troops — right before the holidays. I will work with Democrats and Republicans to override this veto and make sure our troops have the resources, training, and gear they need to keep our country safe.”

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