Slaughter Secures $140 Million for Three Key Rochester Projects
WASHINGTON, DC — After months of negotiating, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today announced that she has successfully included support for three key Rochester initiatives in must-pass legislation to keep the government open. Thanks to Slaughter’s efforts, the government funding bill expected to pass later this week includes $70 million for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), $68 million for the University of Rochester laser lab (LLE), and more than $2 million for maintenance of Rochester’s harbor. These projects will help ensure that Rochester stays economically competitive while continuing to lead the country in innovation and education. Slaughter had pushed congressional leaders to include support for these major Rochester projects in the government funding bill that is expected to pass the House and Senate later this week. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law.
“There’s no place on Earth quite like Rochester, and I’m proud to have secured these investments to support continued economic growth and innovation across the region,” said Rep. Slaughter. “These projects were my priorities and I’ve worked hard over the last year to ensure they are fully funded. Support for these critical projects will help our businesses access markets around the world while doubling-down on our commitment to developing the most advanced and innovative workforce on the planet. Through smart investments like these, we will continue to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs in Rochester for years to come.”
Rep. Slaughter pushed leaders on the House Appropriations Committee to specifically include support for these three Rochester-area projects in the final version of the government funding bill, called an omnibus. To read more about Rep. Slaughter’s efforts to secure support for NTID, click here. To read more about Rep. Slaughter’s efforts to secure support for the LLE, click here. To read more about Rep. Slaughter’s effort to secure support for Rochester Harbor, click here.
Congresswoman Slaughter has long supported smart investments in Rochester’s economy. She led the successful effort to bring the $600 million photonics manufacturing institute to Rochester, which is expected to create thousands of jobs. Her longstanding support for the LLE has led to the infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars into the region. The win for the businesses that depend on Rochester’s harbor follows Slaughter’s successful effort in 2014 to secure $2.2 million for the dredging of the Rochester Harbor.