UTICA, N.Y. – The House Armed Services Committee is reviewing the National Defense Authorization Act, and Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22, is pushing to secure the roles of local industries in national defense.
Brindisi, who serves on the committee, says places like Rome Lab and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Rome are crucial to developing new technologies for national defense.
The congressman is pushing for the following key items in the bill:
- Supporting NY-22 defense installations: Including quantum research, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and counter-UAS technologies. He will call for a $30 million increase in investments in Rome Lab and fight for provisions that put restrictions on reductions in workforce at DFAS.
- Expanding Mental Health Care Services For Servicemembers: Brindisi will call for a Department of Defense strategy to address the shortage of mental health providers, and commission a report on the DOD’s efforts to increase access to suicide prevention and assist active duty servicemembers seeking help for mental health care.
- Strengthening American manufacturing and holding China accountable: Reducing dependency on foreign countries and holding DOD accountable when trying to buy non-American goods. Brindisi is also pushing an amendment to strengthen the reporting of the Navy’s Freedom of Navigation operations.
- Cementing NY-22 as a nationwide leader in good-paying, high-tech defense jobs: Pushing for investment in deterrents, new technology, and national security creating good-paying jobs across NY-22.
"The road to a strong defense runs through New York's 22nd District -- whether its helicopters built in the Southern Tier, ground-breaking research at Rome Labs, the hard-working members at DFAS or the finest flatware produced at Sherrill Manufacturing for our troops -- our region is key to defending our nation and getting our brave men and women in uniform what they need," said Brindisi.
Brindisi sponsored the SPOONSS Act, which was signed into law last year, and requires that the Department of Defense purchase American-made flatware.