Senator David Perdue: Continuing Resolutions Devastate Our Military
“Continuing resolutions create inefficiencies and uncertainties that hurt the bottom line and our ability to fight.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During Military Appreciation Month, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the devastating impact that continuing resolutions (CRs) have on the military. Senator Perdue urged colleagues to work diligently toward passing a defense authorization act and defense appropriations bill before the end of the fiscal year in order to avoid a continuing resolution in fiscal year 2020.
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Most Insidious Thing: “Since the 1974 Budget Act was put into place, Congress has used 186 continuing resolutions as a release valve to fund the government in a temporary manner. Each one of those continuing resolutions is absolutely devastating to our military. It’s the most insidious thing Congress can do to our men and women in uniform.”
Direct & Immediate Impact: “Continuing resolutions have a direct and immediate impact across the entire Department of Defense – from training, to readiness, to maintenance, to personnel, and to contracting. CRs create inefficiencies and uncertainties that hurt the bottom line and our ability to fight.”
Adverse Effects: “During a continuing resolution, training must be re-scoped, scaled back, or discontinued entirely, meaning our warfighters are less prepared for battle. Depot maintenance and weapons development is postponed, resulting in costly delays and less lethality. Hiring and recruitment is put on pause, leaving critical gaps in workforce skill sets. Change of station moves for servicemembers and their families are halted, creating unnecessary turmoil for families. The Department of Defense cannot start new contracts or has to cancel existing ones.”
Burning Money: “I believe that the Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, said it best when he described the impact of continuing resolutions. He said, ‘Continuing resolutions have cost the Department of the Navy roughly $4 billion since 2011. We have put $4 billion in a trashcan, put lighter fluid on top of it, and burned it.’ I don’t know how to put it more clearly than that.”
Greatest Threat To National Security: “The use of continuing resolutions is devastating to our ability to defend this country. When we look at the domain threats and the natural threats that have evolved in the world – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and terrorism – I don't think any of that damages our national security potentially as much as Congress’ inability to provide consistent funding for our military.”
No Higher Calling: “I hate to say it, but I believe we are staring down the barrel of a potential CR this year on September 30. During Military Appreciation Month, I can think of no higher calling than for Congress to work diligently toward passing both a defense authorization act and defense appropriations bill before the end of the fiscal year so we can avoid a CR.”
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