The recently passed Senate Defense Appropriations bill includes nearly $246 million in funding for Rome Lab.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the Fiscal Year 2019 funding level is $32 million more than the President's budget request and about $2 million more than the 2018 total.

Schumer and Gillibrand say the funding will allow Rome Lab to continue to lead the nation in cutting-edge cybersecurity research, as well as serve as a catalyst for the Mohawk Valley's economy.

“Rome Lab is at the vanguard of the fight to counter hacking and other cyber threats in the United States, as well as an essential driver of the Central New York economy, and I am very pleased we secured this significant increase in federal funding to support its essential mission and the talented people that work there,” said Schumer. “Not only has Rome Lab delivered real results in developing and enhancing our nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure, but they have shown a commitment to employing local residents with good-paying jobs and partnering with local business to advance their work.

The bill is expected to pass the House in the coming weeks