Portman Announces President Will Sign Into Law Funding for Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles

September 28, 2018 | Press Releases

$1.5 Billion for Abrams Tanks and an Additional $265 Million for Stryker Vehicles Included in Conference Report 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that later today President Trump will sign into law the FY 2019 Department of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies conference report which includes $1.5 billion in funding to upgrade 135, or 1.5 brigades worth, of Abrams tanks — increasing the rate of production of the newest upgraded Abrams tanks in Lima in order to ensure that our forward deployed tanks have the most cutting-edge capabilities.  The conference report also includes $265 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles to increase troop survivability and mobility, enough to complete 82 hull conversions.  Earlier this year, Portman led a letter to the late Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) urging them to increase the authorization for funding for modernizing Stryker Vehicles in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Portman released the following statement: 

“This funding supports our troops both at home and around the globe, and passage of this bill continues our efforts to rebuild our military.  The newest Abrams tank is a vital investment for our soldiers to meet the realities highlighted in the latest National Defense Strategy and they have already started coming off the line at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima. This is important for our armored formations and for Lima and its irreplaceable workforce.” 

“I am also pleased that this bill provides additional resources to upgrade the hulls of 82 Stryker vehicles.  These hull improvements are an investment in our soldiers and will better protect them from the current threats on today’s modern battlefield.   I’m hopeful this funding will provide longer-term stability to the industrial base and ensure our soldiers have timely access to the most capable and survivable vehicle coming off the line. I look forward to the president signing this into law later today.”