Harley said that the budget uncertainty over the last three years, and
the likelihood of a continuing resolution in fiscal 2016, have made it
difficult for the service to achieve
stability in ship maintenance and
training and have increased the
strain on deploying ships.
Thornberry: CR Inevitable,
‘Bad Idea’ for Defense
House Armed Services Chairman
Mac Thornberry conceded Sept. 8
that Congress will have to approve
a continuing resolution (CR) to
fund the government beyond Oct.
1, but said a “full-year CR is a bad
idea” for defense.
“The threats we face in the world
are not static.” A CR “is particularly
hard on defense,” Thornberry, R-Texas, said.
Talking to reporters in a Capitol
Hill office, the chairman noted that
with a CR “you can’t have any new
starts and you continue to spend
money on things we don’t need any
more. It’s just wasteful.”
With Congress just returning to
work after its five-week recess, it has
just over three weeks to pass appro-
priations bills to keep the govern-
ment running in the new fiscal year.
But the Republican leadership in-
tends to concentrate first on voting
on a bill to reject the nuclear
weapons agreement with Iran, even
though enough Senate Democrats
are supporting the agreement to pre-
vent an override of President
Obama’s promised veto.
Congress has not passed any of
the 12 normal appropriations bills,
nor has it approved a compromise
defense authorization. And GOP
conservatives are threatening to
block any funding bill that con-
tains money for Planned
Parenthood, because of allegations
it has sold body parts from abor-
tions. Obama has threatened to
veto any measure that cuts the
$500 million annual support for
That could lead to a partial government shutdown, although uniformed service members and essential federal civilian workers
would have to remain on the job,
but without pay.
Asked about reports that congressional leaders are discussing a compromise bill that would fund all of
the government at levels above the
limits set by the Budget Control Act
(BCA), enforced by sequestration,
Thornberry said “there may be discussions,” but he did not know of
any plan to avoid sequestration.
But Thornberry defended what
Congress has done on defense
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LT B.J. Burnham signals to launch an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 83, on
the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman June 15. Truman was underway conducting a Tailored Ship’s
Training Availability off the East Coast.