Rome Lab Reportedly Not Impacted by Defense Dept. Shakeup

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UTICA–A billion dollar shakeup in the US Department of Defense will halft many military construction projects nationwide. However, the Mohawk Valley reportedly will not be impacted.

The Trump Administration plans to shift $3.6 billion from military construction projects to help fund President Trump’s wall on the US/Mexico border.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s (D, NY-22) office says it was told that the major construction project at Rome’s Air Force Research Laboratory will not be caught up in the DOD mix.

A perimeter security fence project is still in the works at Rome Lab on the Griffiss Business and Technology Park campus.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act allocated just over 14 million dollars for the fencing project.

In a statement, Brindisi said funding for Rome Lab ensures the safety of its employees and from potential terroristic threats.

“WE NEED TO SECURE OUR BORDERS, BUT WE CANNOT PUT OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK.” 

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, (D, NY-22)

Brindisi went on to say he supported a provision in the House version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit defense funds from going to President Trump’s wall.

The bill passed the House of Representatives but has not yet been voted on in the Senate.

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