The Senate's National Defense Authorization Act does not include a House provision that would jeopardize jobs at Rome's Defense and Finance Accounting Services office.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement on Thursday.

The House version of the defense bill calls for a 25 percent cut to agencies that employ civilian workers

That could result in the loss of nearly 200 of the 960 jobs at DFAS in Rome.

Schumer and Gillibrand say they'll work to assure that the provision will not be included in the final House-Senate conference legislation.

"I strongly oppose any attempts to cut the civilian workforce at DFAS, and I will do everything in my power to make sure these jobs stay in Rome where they belong," said Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "DFAS workers play a vital role in the local economy and are crucial to the Army's financial management. They should be able to continue doing their work efficiently and effectively, and I will always fight to protect their jobs."

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