Portman Praises Trump Administration Plan to Increase Funding for Modernizing Stryker Vehicles, Boosting Production of Abrams Tanks

March 13, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the Trump administration FY 2020 budget request for additional funding for the Abrams Main Battle Tank and Stryker combat vehicle. Critical work is done on both systems at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, which Portman has visited various times. The budget requests $1.753 billion to upgrade 165 tanks and increase the rate of production of the newest upgraded Abrams tanks in Lima to ensure that our armored formations have the most cutting-edge capabilities. This is a $226 million increase from last fiscal year. The budget also requests $550 million in funding to modernize 152 Stryker combat vehicles, a significant increase over last year’s appropriated level of $265 million. Portman released the following statement: 

“In today’s dangerous global security environment, it is critical that we give our troops the tools they need to accomplish our national security objectives. The National Security Strategy identifies great power competition with Russia and China as our nation’s greatest security challenge, and in order to effectively address and deter these significant threats, our troops require state-of-the-art combat vehicles. Manufactured at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, the Stryker combat vehicle is the Army’s most versatile and deployable combat vehicle and the Abrams Main Battle Tank is the world’s most capable battle tank. I’m pleased the Trump administration supports increased funding for important upgrades that must be made to Stryker combat vehicles and increasing the rate of production of the Abrams tank. As the budget cycle progresses, I will continue to urge colleagues to authorize and appropriate the funding needed to ensure our forward deployed soldiers have the vehicles they need to be effective and keep them safe.” 

NOTE: Senator Portman has been instrumental in securing funding for Lima and its workers. In 2011, when the Obama Administration proposed a costly plan to shut down the Abrams tank production line at the JSMC, Portman and other Ohio delegation members successfully fought to keep the plant open.  Since then, Portman has worked hard to push for more foreign military sales to U.S. allies, protect Lima workers during downturns, and secure funding for the Abrams Tanks and Stryker combat vehicles. For more information on Portman’s work to protect Lima’s workers and keep our national security strong, see this fact sheet