Brown Secures More Than $2 Billion in Defense Bill to Support Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles

Senator Has Long Fought to Secure Critical Investments for JSMC and Keep Workers on the Job

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) secured support for Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently being considered on the Senate floor. The bill authorizes:

  • $550 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades, and
  • More than $1.7 billion for upgrades to the Abrams Tank.

Brown will continue fighting to secure full funding for both missions as the appropriations process moves forward.

“Lima’s JSMC workforce advances our national security mission and their critical improvements to the Abrams Tank and Stryker Vehicle increase survivability and lethality for our men and women in uniform,” said Brown. “I’ve seen firsthand the work performed at JSMC and will make sure JSMC and its workforce have the funding needed to continue expanding production.” 

In May, 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 Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (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 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.