WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, announced that included in the government funding legislation is nearly $279 million for Rome Lab. The bill passed both houses of Congress late Monday and heads to President Donald Trump where it needs his signature to be signed into law.
This funding is $37 million above the president’s budget request for Rome, said Brindisi, a member of the House’s Armed Services Committee. In addition to funding Rome Lab’s current projects, the package includes $7 million for quantum cryptography research.
“Rome Lab, the Mohawk Valley, and New York’s 22nd district at large play a crucial role in maintaining a strong national defense,” Brindisi said.
“I worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass bipartisan legislation that includes a significant investment in Rome Lab and Central New York’s defense industry,” he added.
“With this bill’s help, we can keep our country safe, build upon our reputation as an industry leader, and create good-paying jobs along the way. I will continue to fight to bring taxpayer dollars back to this community,” the Utica Democrat said.
The legislation also includes:
$10 million for a Trusted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management and counter-UAS Testbed help accelerate safe integration of drones into the national airspace. This research will eventually aid in protection of military assets, airports, and sites such as the National Mall;
$10 million for a first of its kind Quantum Network Testbed to create the first multi-city quantum communication network connecting Rome Lab and Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island;
$10 million for the Quantum Information Science Innovation Center. The QIS Innovation Center is focused on creating an ecosystem where researchers from the Air Force, DoD, government, industry, small business and academia can collaborate to solve difficult problems using quantum technology;
$5 million for “Tail Rotor Drive Systems,” which will be manufactured by Collins Aerospace/Raytheon in Rome. This funding will go toward new thermoplastic drive shafts for all H-60 type helicopters which will improve aircraft performance, sustainability, and survivability.
“Congressman Brindisi is a dogged advocate for Rome Lab and Central New York’s key role in our national defense,” said MC Chruscicki, Executive Director of the CNY Defense Alliance.
“It is an asset to our nation’s security and our local economy to have him fighting for us on the Armed Services Committee. The funding and provisions he was able to include in this government funding legislation will cement Central New York as an important player in national defense sector for years to come.”