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Congress, White House fight over funding for tanks

6:47 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Fighting on Capitol Hill over funding for the nation's only tank manufacturing plant is leaving hundreds of workers caught in the middle.

The Pentagon says it will soon have enough tanks and wants to halt production at the northern Ohio plant for a few years.

But some members of Congress are attempting to restore funding for the tanks in a defense spending bill. The White House is threatening to veto the bill because it says adding more money to the budget will trigger deeper cuts.

The military's plan is to halt production of the tanks for about three years until it's ready for the next generation of battle tanks.

But plant operators say that would mean the loss of many skilled trade workers who would most likely be forced to leave Ohio for work elsewhere.

The Associated Press

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