With only 10 days left to pass sweeping budget deals and little agreement over proposals, Congress’ likely options are pass a continuing resolution, or force a shutdown.
After a month of recess, Congress gets back to work today. The budget clock is ticking for fiscal year 2016. The most likely outcome is a continuing resolution of some kind. Beyond that there’s not a lot of clarity. David Hawkings, senior editor of CQ Roll Call, offers some insight on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Congress returns after its August recess needing to complete 12 spending bills, deal with a looming fiscal deadline, and focus on cybersecurity and DoD issues.
More than 150 national defense projects would be at risk if the Defense Department enters fiscal year 2016 under a Continuing Resolution. The Air Force could take the brunt of that with depleted ranks and 50 programs on the potential chopping block. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there’s not much you can do, if you sell to the Pentagon, except prepare for the worst.
In lieu of a government shutdown, a continuing resolution can be an improvement opportunity for agency leaders and transition officers.
Congress doesn’t come back to Washington until after the Labor Day holiday, but pretty much everyone watching the budget process thinks Congress will pass a continuing resolution of some kind. Larry Allen is the president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that a CR isn’t just bad for agencies — it’s bad for contractors too.
The Secretary of the Air Force and its Chief of Staff say a full year continuing resolution would have a significant impact on the service, particularly by slowing down or halting as many as 50 acquisition programs.
The Air Force says the continuing resolution that’s becoming increasingly likely for the 2016 budget cycle would halt progress on dozens of weapons programs, and probably force it to cancel plans to build its military workforce in key areas. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu.
Congress gets back from recess Sept. 8. Rumors are already flying over what kind of budget resolution Congress will consider. Bloomberg Government reports House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) is working with the Office of Management and Budget on a list of non-spending items that would get attached to a short-term continuing resolution. It would keep the government open after the end of the fiscal year. Tamar Hallerman is an appropriations reporter at Roll Call. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the likelihood of a short term CR, and news of a possible year long CR.
Congress has long promised no government shutdown this year. But some observers think it’s now starting to look more likely. Some Republicans want to tie any appropriations measure — or continuing resolution — to language that would defund Planned Parenthood. Eighteen House Republicans signed a letter before leaving for summer recess. And some senators are joining the movement. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that Republicans have fought similar battles before.