The Air Force Research Lab in Rome will see an increase of more than $21 million in funding under the bi-partisan spending bill unveiled by Congress.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding.

The senators were able to secure a total of more than $243 million in funding for Rome Lab's operations and personnel.

Schumer and Gillibrand say Rome Lab is at the epicenter of cyber defense and cutting-edge communications and deserves a significant federal investment.

“In an era of constant hacking and cyber-spying, Rome Lab is at leading edge of countering cyber threats. Clearly, we must double down on our national investment in the work done here, which is why I was proud to fight to ensure this critical federal investment was included in the must-pass budget bill,” said Schumer.