‘The services would be dealt the crippling strain of funding obsolete programs’ with ongoing continuing resolutions…
(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) An association representing both active and veterans of the Armed Forces on Wednesday morning urged House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to pass a Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill before funding expires Thursday.
The plea came before a budget deal was announced late Wednesday afternoon.
The Military Coalition represents more than 5.5 million current military, veterans, as well as their families.
The organization sent a letter to Ryan and Pelosi on Monday which argued that for a nation at war, American soldiers are not as ready or as strong as they could with “adequate and timely budgets.”
Without new legislation, the military branches will continue to receive the same amount of money they currently get.
“A fifth Continuing Resolution (CR), extending five months into the fiscal year, would stymie the services’ ability to grow, equip, and train the total force necessary to meet to today’s dynamic and growing threats,” the letter read. “The services would be dealt the crippling strain of funding obsolete programs, while being prevented from starting new programs that combatant commanders need.”
They also focused on the effect that this legislation has on soldiers’ families.
“Military families would suffer with inadequate maintenance and upgrades to military installations, and significant delays in household moves,” the letter said. “They deserve better and as the services seek to grow, their care is crucial to overall retention of their service member sponsors.”
On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner on Congress’s repeated default to continuing resolutions.
“Governing by continuing resolution allows this debt to keep piling up with no end in sight, and it also cripples our chance to get government’s wasteful spending under control through regular review and serious oversight of how federal agencies are using your money,” Sen. Paul wrote.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress that if they don’t pass the bill by the end of the fiscal year, they won’t be able to pay for men on the ground, according to the Air Force Times.
“Should you stumble into a year-long continuing resolution, your military will not be able to provide pay for our troops by the end of the fiscal year,” Mattis warned.