LIMA ‚?? U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, said the Senate approved the final version of a bill that will ensure the future of the Abrams tank program and Joint Sytems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
The bill includes $136 million for upgrades through 2014 to the M1A2 Abrams tank, Portman said on Tuesday. He said that bill is set to go to President Barack Obama‚??s desk to be signed into law as of Friday.
‚??Although this temporary fix is good news for the Lima community and our national defense, I hope that the White House realizes that maintaining this industrial base is critical to preparing the next generation of tanks and strengthening our national security,‚?Ě Portman said.
The House of Representatives originally approved the bill Thursday. Portman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has advocated for the Lima Tank Plant to stay open since the Pentagon said it had enough tanks and proposed shuttering the program until 2017.