WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the inclusion of funding for the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle in President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal – critical work is done on both systems at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). The budget proposal includes more than $480 million to support modifications to the Abrams Tank and more than $590 million for the Stryker Vehicle. The bill also includes more than $9 million for Joint Assault Bridges – folding bridges that deploy from Abrams Tanks. Brown wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh in August 2015 to request these funds.
“The women and men working at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center have produced high-quality military vehicles for years,” Brown said. “Continued investment in the production of these military systems will help keep Lima economy’s strong and bolster our national security.”
Brown has been a longtime champion of the JSMC and has 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 December 2015, Brown announced that the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill includes approximately $508 million in funding for the Abrams Tank and approximately $1.1 billion for the Stryker Vehicle. Brown supported the President’s FY 2016 budget request for both Abrams and Stryker and wrote a letter to leaders of the Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committees in May 2015 in support of increasing the lethality of Stryker combat vehicles.
In October 2015, Brown announced that, following his letter in support of Phase Two grant funding for Allen County, DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment awarded $3,013,590 to the county. Allen County qualified for this grant due to job loss at the JSMC in Lima.
In February 2015, during a meeting with then-U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Dr. Ashton Carter, Brown urged that the Stryker Vehicle be considered to replace the tracked M113 combat ambulance vehicle, scheduled to be retired in the coming years. The U.S. Army’s procurement of the Stryker Vehicle would lead to increased production and economic activity at the Lima tank plant.