Brindisi Secures $10 Million for Rome Lab Fund


June 20, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) today helped pass the Fiscal Year 2020 House Appropriations bill (H.R. 2740), which included provisions he championed to invest in Upstate New York priorities and bring federal dollars to Rome Lab. Brindisi introduced and successfully passed an amendment to H.R. 2740, ensuring this account is fully funded.

“Upstate New Yorkers sent me to Congress to deliver results, and that’s exactly what we did today,” Brindisi said. “Not only is Rome Lab’s innovative, cutting-edge research critical to our country’s cybersecurity, it is also a huge driver of Upstate New York’s economy.  I won’t ever stop fighting for it. I was proud to champion these provisions to help strengthen our national security and keep good-paying jobs in this community.”

Brindisi secured additional resources for Department of Defense programs which fund the Quantum Information Science Innovation Center. The $10 million for the QISI Center will be distributed among Department of Defense research facilities like Rome Lab.

“I want to thank Congressman Brindisi for his tireless advocacy for the Rome Lab,” said Central New York Defense Alliance Executive Director Mary Chruscicki. “These additional funds will allow for this pillar of our community to continue to innovate and strengthen the region’s role in defending our country. Congressman Brindisi knows national security is a bipartisan issue and his work continues to show his willingness to get things done across the aisle.”

Brindisi, a longtime champion of the Rome Lab, brought former United States Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to the facility in March. In April, Brindisi testified about the importance of Rome Lab’s perimeter security project. Brindisi will continue to fight for those resources as the appropriations process continues.