WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Tuesday that the National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate and is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The bill is headed back to Obama after he vetoed it on Oct. 22 and asked Congress to fix the budget and make military spending more sustainable. After the veto, Portman, R-Ohio, vowed to take action to override it.
The NDAA passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 91-3, according to a release from Portman’s office.
Portman added a provision to the act to add $371 million to authorize research and development and procurement of 81 Stryker vehicles with an upgraded weapon system, most of which would be done at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center.
Lima Mayor David Berger said in June that the work could mean 60 jobs to the government owned, contractor operated tank and military vehicles production plant.
The vehicles would serve the only armored brigade in Europe, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, according to a release from Portman’s office.
“My provision to strengthen the Stryker Brigade will not only send a strong message to our allies in Europe, but also provided our forward deployed soldiers a critically important capability,” Portman said in a statement. “We must continue to ensure our men and women in uniform have the capabilities they need to protect the U.S. at this time of mounting global threats and I am pleased that this bill will now become law.”
After the act was vetoed, the Army proposed a program and funding, to meet its needs, that calls for $411 million in 2016, according to Portman’s release.
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