WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate passed the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes $2.8 billion Brown secured for Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) programs. Brown helped secure these funds as a member of the NDAA Conference Committee. The House passed the final bill last week and the measure is now headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. The final NDAA conference report authorizes the following investments:
- $363.4 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades and modifications, and
- More than $2.4 billion for upgrades and modifications to the Abrams Tank.
“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.