With the US House of Representatives set to begin public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the military services are ramping up their warnings of programme delays if lawmakers fail to pass a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence spending bill.
Nearly a month-and-a-half into FY 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) is continuing to operate under a continuing resolution (CR), set to expire on 21 November, that maintains department spending at FY 2019 levels and prevents the services from moving forward with new start programmes. Now with impeachment proceedings heating up and a looming government shutdown, the Pentagon is stepping up its efforts to decry the latter and warn against funding the department on continuous CRs.
"Under a continuing resolution, the department cannot continue the modernisation progress under the previous budget deal," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman told reporters during a 7 November Pentagon press conference. "CRs also disrupt training, impede readiness, delay maintenance, impose uncertainty on the workforce … and constrain contracting practices," he added.
"The six-week CR has been problematic, [and] another long-term CR will be more so," he added.
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