WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced funding for Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in President Trump’s budget proposal released today. Congress announced a bipartisan budget agreement last week and Brown will continue working to ensure Ohio military installations are prioritized throughout that process.
Brown helped lay the groundwork for funding JSMC in the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law last year.
“JSMC’s workforce helps advance national security and the safety of our troops through its work on Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles,” said Brown. “I’m glad President Trump included these investments at JSMC in his budget proposal, and I’ll work with my colleagues to secure funding for these projects as Congress completes its budget process.”
President Trump’s budget proposal includes:
- More than $309 million for Stryker upgrades and modifications.
- More than $2.4 billion for Abrams Tank upgrades and modifications.
In March 2017, Brown met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to highlight the importance of continued funding for the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle. Critical work is done on both systems at the JSMC.
In May 2017, Brown wrote to his Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committee colleagues to support inclusion of the Abrams Tank and Stryker Vehicle in both the NDAA and the Defense Appropriations bill.
In October 2016, Brown and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) brought Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy to Lima for a tour of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). Brown and Portman have been longtime champions of the JSMC and have worked over the years with the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) leadership to promote the work done in Lima.
In February 2016, Brown applauded the inclusion of funding for the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal. Brown wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh in August 2015 to request these funds.