US secretary of the navy Ray Mabus confirmed that he has refused to submit a service budget at levels requested by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, noting that this year the budget is only "symbolic" and therefore should not be cost constrained.
Congress has not yet passed the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget and instead is using a stop-gap measure so the incoming Trump administration can adjust this year's budget. Trump would then introduce his own FY 2018 request.
Mabus and Carter reportedly clashed in December over the navy having not followed an Office of the Secretary of Defense directive to cut funding in the five-year Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).
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