Budget Fumble

December 21, 2017

In a major blow to defense planners, lawmakers will now extend government funding only until Jan. 19 while they work out a broader spending agreement.

With Congress' attention focused on passing the biggest changes to the tax code in over 30 years, plans to fund the defense department seem to be falling apart.

Previously, Congress appeared set to provide defense funding for all of FY 2018. The measure waived current budget caps and allowed for a full $700 billion defense appropriation.

Punting defense spending to January only adds uncertainty to servicemembers and their families over the holidays.

By failing to pass a full defense appropriation in a timely manner, Congress is giving DoD and our servicemembers a lump of coal for Christmas.



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