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Slaughter says budget cuts would hit manufacturing institute

Rep. Louise Slaughter on Thursday pledged to protect the Rochester Institute of Technology-led Rochester Manufacturing Institute from defunding by the Trump administration.

The Rochester-based clean energy consortium received $140 million in federal funding in January. Rochester beat out cities nationwide as the headquarters of the clean energy manufacturing institute.

This institute aims to further technologies designed to conserve energy and reduce emissions.

Slaughter,  D-Perinton, opposes President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which would reduce funding for the Department of Energy by $2 billion, officials said. The budget proposal would cut DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s budget by nearly 70 percent and eliminate the five Manufacturing USA Institutes across the country.

“This would be a major setback for the Monroe County economy and have grave impacts on U.S. standing as the global manufacturing innovation leader,” wrote Slaughter to the leaders of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee.

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