WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he helped secure $2.8 billion as a part of the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Bill that would protect critical manufacturing jobs at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). Brown previously fought to secure program authorization in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate Defense appropriation bill includes funding for the following:
- $392.5 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades and modifications, and
- More than $2.4 billion for upgrades and modifications to the Abrams Tank.
Now that this funding has been authorized and included in the Appropriation’s bill, Brown is urging the Senate to pass this legislation immediately.
“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.”
Brown has been working for years to secure funding for Lima’s JSMC. In February, Brown announced that 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.
Brown helped lay the groundwork in December 2017 for JSMC funding in the National Defense Authorization Act that was 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. 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.