WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that he helped secure $1.8 billion in federal funding to support upgrades and modifications to the Abrams Tank and Stryker Vehicle as a part of the omnibus spending package that was released today. This funding will support Joint Systems Manufacturing Center’s workforce in Lima carry out its critical work for the warfighter. Congress is expected to pass the spending bill by the end of this week.
“Lima’s JSMC workforce helps advance national security and the safety of our troops through its work on the Abrams Tank and Stryker Vehicle programs,” said Brown. “I’ve seen firsthand the critical work performed at JSMC and will keep working to make sure JSMC and its workforce have the funding needed to continue expanding production.”
In February, Brown announced funding for Lima’s JSMC was included in President Trump’s budget proposal, and said he would continue fighting to bring Lima the resources it needs.
In December of last year, Brown helped lay the groundwork for funding JSMC in the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law last year.
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.