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Pentagon: Stopgap Spending 'Problematic' for Terror Fight

Pentagon: Stopgap Spending 'Problematic' for Terror Fight

Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Mike McCord listens as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:26 PM

Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord warned Congress that relying on short-term, stopgap spending bills — or continuing resolutions — to fund U.S. military campaigns would lead to "problematic" shortfalls.

CQ Roll Call obtained a memo from McCord that said a continuing resolution to fund government levels through the end of March 2017 would lock the Department of Defense into current spending levels in a "rapidly changing global security environment."

"The most problematic shortfalls are in the operation and maintenance, train and equip, and munitions procurement accounts that fund counter-terrorism operations and assistance in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria," McCord wrote.

McCord's memo said the resolutions would mean funding would be as much as $22 billion short. Also, no new programs can be launched, and existing programs cannot subtract or add to their activity levels or production, according to Roll Call.

War zones face tougher issues, such as money to train and equip Afghan and Iraqi forces. McCord said he wanted $289 million to support Kurdish Peshmerga forces, which are key in Iraq to taking Mosul from the Islamic State, Roll Call reported.

A new president has never taken office while a stopgap bill has been in operation, McCord pointed out, adding that adopting a continuing resolution for a full year would be "nearly unimaginable, especially with troops in harm's way."

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, appeared to address McCord's memo in a Senate floor speech last week, Roll Call reported.

"A continuing resolution would place our troops at greater risk by forcing them to operate under an outdated budget that does not recognize the full extent of the threats they face," McCain said.

"It's one of the worst mistakes we could ever make," McCain said in the speech, according to Military Times

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Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord warned Congress that relying on short-term, stopgap spending bills - or continuing resolutions - to fund U.S. military campaigns would lead to "problematic" shortfalls.
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