Pentagon prepares for US government shutdown in case Congress falters

07 December 2017

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has once again begun planning for a partial government shutdown, as current stop-gap funding expires after 8 December.

President Donald Trump on 8 September enacted a Continuing Resolution (CR) budget to fund the government in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) at FY 2017’s levels through 8 December.

“Any time we get close to the end of a CR, we automatically go through and update our contingency plans” in case Congress fails to pass a budget and the government partly shuts down, Pentagon comptroller David Norquist told reporters on 7 December.

CRs cause problems for US military planners as they typically bar ‘new start’ programmes and do not easily accommodate changed priorities.

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