Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced $25 million to expand research at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome to manufacture and test photonic quantum computing technology.
“I am proud to deliver $25 million to support quantum computing efforts in Upstate New York,” Stefanik said. “Following my advocacy, these taxpayer dollars will return to Upstate New York to support the photonic quantum computing research at the Air Force Research Lab in Rome. Quantum computing is critical to our economic and national security in the 21st Century, and Upstate New York is leading the way as the epicenter of our nation’s efforts in this field. During my time in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to bring tens of millions of dollars to the Air Force Research Lab in Rome to ensure that Upstate New York’s emerging technology environment is well-funded and supported. I look forward to continuing this critical work and delivering additional funding for these efforts in the years ahead.”
Stefanik sent a letter in support of the inclusion of this funding in the final Defense Appropriations bill, which was secured in the Fiscal Year 2022 spending package.
Throughout her time in Congress, Stefanik has secured tens of millions of dollars for Rome Lab through the National Defense Authorization Act and annual appropriations.