It's a classic he said/she said, with 'he' being a NYS Assemblyman and Congressional candidate, and 'she', the Congresswoman he seeks to unseat.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says if the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is passed, DFAS, in Rome, stands to lose 25% of its workforce-up to 200 jobs. Brindisi says the Poliquin amendment, named for a Maine Congressman, won't protect the jobs.
"I think you'll find that members in the house who supported the NDAA will hold up this Poliquin amendment and say, 'don't worry; becaue of this amendment, DFAS is prrotected. But like I said earlier, this amendment is nothing more than a toothless amendment," said Brindisi, outside DFAS on Wednesday, alongside Edward Abounader, who represents DFAS union workers.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, who voted for the NDAA, says just a week ago, Abounader was expressing gratitude to her for her advocacy regarding the bill.
"Please let the congresswoman know how much we appreciate her efforts on behalf of DFAS in rome. We're grateful and he writes, this is great, that we've put this amendment in," said Tenney. "All of a sudden turns around and says our amendment doesn't have any teeth."
The U.S. Senate has yet to take up the NDAA. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, "I will ferociously fight to block this harmful House of Representatives provision because it puts these precious jobs at risk."