Before scurrying out of Washington for their Easter recess, both the U-S House and Senate voted on funding measures to keep the government from being shutdown.
In the process of doing that, the continuing resolutions in both chambers have okayed 255 million dollars for tank work at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center thru this fiscal year.
The senate's vote Wednesday and the houses vote Thursday keeps the government running thru September 30th.
The house's vote came moments before Task Force Lima met to continue its discussion on finding ways to keep work going at the J-S-M-C.
A congressional aide to congressman Jim Jordan informed the group of the outcome of the vote during the meeting.
J-S-M-C plant manager Keith Deters says he hopes Abrams tank work will slowly pick up by years end.
Deters reported they are continuing their work on the Namer vehicle for Israel.
5 prototypes have been built, three have been shipped out. They hope to build nearly 400 of them thru 20-19.
Foreign military sales of the tank are still actively being pursued and the Stryker is in a "pause mode" until a new contract is in hand.
The house also passed congressman Paul Ryan's 10 year budget plan which would balance the budget with deep spending cuts.
However that budget faces an uphill and likely unsuccessful battle in the democrat controlled senate.
Ryan's budget does include money for the tank in 2014.