Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, sent a letter to Congress expressing his displeasure with a long term continuing budget resolution. In this case he is correct to complain. Congress’ legendary inability to actually pass a budget is shown in the way they keep kicking the can down the road. That is no way to run a business, much less the Department of Defense. It also drives up the costs of everything the Pentagon needs. Congress! Get a Budget!
As Written for Defense News Leo Shane of MilitaryTimes contributed to this story.
Previous indications were that a shorter CR was coming.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Tuesday blasted a congressional plan for an extended continuing resolution that could last until May, calling it “unprecedented and unacceptable” in a letter to Capitol Hill — one that has some staffers in Congress scratching their heads.
The letter, addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, notes that the government has “never” operated under a CR through a presidential transition, nor had one that lasts this long.
“I am particularly troubled by information that Congress may be considering a CR through May. A short-term CR is bad enough, but a CR through May means [the Department of Defense] would have to operate under its constraints for two-thirds of the fiscal year. This is unprecedented and unacceptable, especially when we have so many troops operating in harm’s way,” Carter wrote. “I strongly urge Congress to reject this approach.”
The threat of a CR going until May is news, as indications before the Thanksgiving break was that a CR was coming, but one that would last only until March or April. Staffers from both the House and Senate sides expressed confusion about Carter’s claim of a CR lasting that long, with some indicating they believed the Secretary misinterpreted a plan for the CR to last until the end of March.
However, a senior Pentagon official, speaking on background, pushed back at that idea and said the building was aware of discussion about a longer CR.
“If they are no longer talking about May, that would be …..
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