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Tenney, Stefanik say omnibus funding bill contains millions for region

Posted 3/11/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, said the passage of an omnibus government funding bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2022 contains money for the region. Tenney voted …

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Tenney, Stefanik say omnibus funding bill contains millions for region


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, said the passage of an omnibus government funding bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2022 contains money for the region.

Tenney voted for the defense and security portions of the omnibus, which received bipartisan support and includes critical funding for Rome Lab. She opposed the non-security portion of the bill because it failed to deliver relief to seniors on fixed incomes, address the ongoing energy crisis, or reduce wasteful spending.

“After refusing to pass a bipartisan, long-term funding package three separate times since the end of the last fiscal year, House Democrats have once again proven they are unable to govern effectively. The 2,700-page, $1.5 trillion bloated omnibus bill to fund the government through the end of September was released in the dead of night, leaving Members of Congress virtually no time to read its text, let alone seriously analyze its contents,” she said.

“I voted in favor of the defense portion of this omnibus package because it includes important priorities like a 2.7% pay increase for our troops and strategic investments to better equip our military personnel with more effective tools and modernize our nation’s defenses. I also fought hard to secure an additional $30 million in funding for the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, leading to significantly more resources for Central New York’s high-tech eco-system. The brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received an increase of $800 million and the bill also included targeted and much-needed security assistance to Ukraine,” she added.

“Unfortunately, the non-security portion of the omnibus package failed to address the severe crises facing our country, while wastefully increasing spending in many areas at a time when inflation is already at record levels. The bill does not defund President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates and does nothing to jumpstart American energy production, despite the unprecedented energy catastrophe we now face. Further, the bill includes a 21% increase in budgets for congressional offices, while not providing any relief for seniors and those on fixed incomes, who are suffering due to Biden’s inflationary policies,” the New Hartford Republican added.

“While I could not support this portion of the bill, I am pleased that the bill includes several Community Funding Projects I advocated for to benefit our local communities. This includes a water systems improvement project in Frankfort, a broadband expansion project in Sherburne, among several others. I vetted these programs thoroughly and worked with all recipients to make sure the funding requests were targeted and responsible. I am extremely disappointed these important priorities were tied to a partisan spending package that overall is irresponsible and reckless.”

NY-22 wins in defense portions of the omnibus, Tenney said, as it includes:

-$30 million increase in funding for Rome Lab over the President’s budget request, leading to an annual research budget of more than $221 million. This includes a $10 million increase for Air Force quantum network testbed, $10 million increase for Air Force ion trap quantum computing, and $10 million increase for Air Force academic partnership intermediary agreements.  $18.17 million increase for the Civil Air Patrol. $1.8 million for procurement of new Civil Air Patrol Vehicles.

-$500,000 for Herkimer County for the Eastern Mohawk Valley Regional transmission main project.

-$3 million for the Town of Vernon for the Vernon Central water project.

-$3 million for the Village of Frankfort for a water system improvements project.

-$600,000 for the Village of Marathon for a water river crossing project.

-$2 million for the Utica Harbor Pedestrian Bridge.

-$3 million for the Griffiss-Woodhaven Revitalization project.

-$212,000 for the Village of Sherburne Broadband Expansion.

-$200,000 for the SkyDome Trusted Smart-X Experimentation Environment.

To the North, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, Schuylerville, released the below statement following the House passage of Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Package:

“I am proud to return millions in taxpayer dollars to our district through this year’s appropriations process. Over the past year, I have worked to secure many critical wins for Upstate New York and the North Country, including millions in resources to maintain and improve Fort Drum’s military readiness, provisions for the child care needs of our district, programs to promote our economic development and protect our region’s environmental priorities, and funding for broadband expansion and other critical infrastructure projects. I will always fight to give families in my district a seat at the highest levels of government and deliver results for them.

“Tonight, I voted to strengthen defense spending and pass needed security aid for Ukraine, which is critical in an increasingly dangerous world, but I do not support the House Democrats’ efforts to double down on their broken agenda with more reckless government spending. While I am proud to have worked to include several wins for Upstate New York and the North Country in this year’s appropriations package, Speaker Pelosi’s bill – drafted in the dead of night and behind closed doors – contains Far-Left, partisan provisions that I could not support and fails to address the ongoing energy crisis and would fail to halt historic, skyrocketing inflation at a time when Upstate New York and North Country families are struggling.”

Stefanik said she delivered funding for NY-21 community projects and secured several additional wins that she advocated for, including: $27 million for the Fort Drum Wellfield to provide a safe and secure water supply for Fort Drum, soldiers, and their families $10 million increase for Air Force quantum network testbed at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome.


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