CLEVELAND, OH – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s visit to the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, Ohio. Brown has long fought to secure critical investments for JSMC and keep its workers on the job.
“President Trump claims he wants to help workers and support our military, yet his actions tell a different story. The President is hurting military missions by taking money away from Ohio military installations to pay for his vanity project. He attacks Sen. McCain, a war hero and a patriot. He failed to stand up for Lordstown as GM closed its plant and laid off thousands of workers. While the President promises one thing, he continues to pursue policies that betray Ohio servicemembers, veterans, families and workers,” said Brown.
Brown has a long history of standing up for workers and fighting to secure federal funding and key support for JSMC Lima.
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. Brown previously fought to secure program authorization in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and then fought to include funding in the defense committee bill. The final bill included $265.2 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades, and more than $1.5 billion for upgrades to the Abrams Tanks.
In March 2017, Brown met with then-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.