Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act recently passed by the House takes aim at the Rome Defense Finance and Accounting Services Office.

Brindisi says the bill includes a 25 percent cut that would adversely impact how the Department of Defense funds operations like DFAS Rome.

He says that would ultimately put over 960 local jobs on the line.

“A good watchdog barks and today I am letting out one heck of a howl because the DFAS operation we so deeply depend on in the Mohawk Valley for good-paying and high-quality jobs is facing a raw deal from Congress,” said Brindisi. “So, I am here today to make a promise to each and every worker: I will work to stop this nonsensical cut before it becomes federal law.”

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney says the House's version of the NDAA does not include any cuts to DFAS jobs because of an amendment she co-sponsored that passed in the House.

Tenney released the following statement regarding DFAS:

"From leading a letter to protect DFAS from President Trump's hiring freeze to passing an amendment last week that protects the DFAS workforce from cuts, our office has fought day in and day out to protect this important asset and the 960 employees in Rome. Throughout the NDAA process our office stayed in close contact with Mr. Abounader and the AFGE union that represents DFAS to ensure they knew we were aggressively advocating to protect our Rome workforce. I'll continue to be a fierce advocate for the hardworking employees of DFAS and continue to deliver real wins that help our community and protect upstate jobs."   

Brindisi will face Tenney for the 22nd Congressional District seat in the November election.