No BRAC for 2014: Rome Lab authorized for $33 million increase in funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which determined there will be no military base realignments or closures in 2014. It also increased funding for the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome by $33 million. The Base Realignment and Closure process, commonly referred to as BRAC, closes excess military installations. This bill prohibits a BRAC round from being proposed, planned, or carried out in 2014. This is especially important for the facilities located at the former Griffiss Air Force Base - Rome Lab, the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS), and the Rome Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) site. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna voted in favor of the NDAA, an annual bill which is necessary to perform some of the most basic and essential responsibilities of Congress - such as funding our Armed Forces and national defenses and paying the salaries of our servicemen and women. "This legislation is a great success for Rome and our defense assets in upstate New York," Rep. Hanna said.