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LIMA — The appropriation to keep Abrams tank work at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center through 2014 keeps rolling along.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations bill Thursday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, said.

Brown sits on the committee and helped secure $129 million for the modernization of the Abrams tank as well as $165 million for upgrades the Joint Manufacturing Systems Center.

The House and Senate have authorized the defense work, but appropriating the money for the work is a different process.

“The Abrams tank is not only vital to our country’s national security and military readiness, but is critically important to the economy of Lima and Allen County,” Brown said. “That’s why I’m fighting to preserve the Abrams tank program and why I have urged Defense Secretary Panetta and the Obama Administration to continue production of the Abrams tank.”

A bipartisan group of officials including Task Force L.I.M.A. chaired by Lima Mayor David Berger, has led a multi-state effort to fund continued Abrams upgrades and not temporarily halt tank work. The Pentagon Defense Department has said it has all the tanks it needs and wanted to shutter the program for at least three years to save money.

The White House has objected to the money inserted in the bill with a memo from President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget and said if the total appropriation is too much, senior advisors would recommend vetoing the bill.

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