WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report includes an additional $375 million for a total of $1.1 billion to support the Stryker A1 vehicles manufactured at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). The Conference Report contains $1.4 billion for Abrams Tank upgrades and modifications. The Senate is set to consider the conference report and vote on it in the coming days.
In June, Brown and Sen. Portman fought to secure the additional $375 authorization language for Lima in the Senate’s version of the NDAA. The amendment was not agreed to on the Senate floor, but Brown continued pushing for higher funding levels in the Conference Report.
“The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center’s workforce delivers critical capabilities to our troops throughout the world. This funding authorization will increase the survivability and lethality of the Stryker, which has proven highly capable time and time again. The newest version of the Abrams Tank are rolling off the line at JSMC, and this funding authorization will continue to support JSMC’s workforce by expanding production, and ensures that our forces have the vehicles that they need,” said Brown.
Brown has long fought to ensure Lima’s JSMC has the funding it needs to support its missions involving the Stryker vehicles, including in the FY2020 NDAA spending package.
In 2019, Brown toured the JSMC after leading efforts to secure investments for JSMC and fighting for its workers.
In 2018, Brown worked to secure more than $1.79 billion to protect critical manufacturing jobs at Lima’s JSMC in the FY 2019 defense appropriations bill.
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. 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 then-Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy to Lima for a tour of the 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.