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Military Budget Uncertain as Funding Debate Continues

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By    |   Friday, 25 August 2017 02:24 PM

The United States military has become embroiled in a showdown over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall, CNN reports.

Earlier this week, Trump threatened Democrats with a government shutdown if they didn't agree to include funds for the wall he proposed along the U.S.-Mexico border in the spending bill that must be passed by the end of next month. 

For the military, "the future is as murky as it has ever been," Fred Bartels, Heritage Foundation defense analyst, told CNN on Friday. "When [Congress] went into recess, basically no one knew where to go, and I don't think anything has changed during August."

Although the Trump administration called for $603 billion for national security funding, and House Republicans would authorize $622 billion in their budget plan, a spending cap law passed in 2011 restricts national security funding to $549 billion. In previous years, bipartisan, short-term deals could be reached to raise the caps temporarily, but that approach may not work this time.

"At this point the range of uncertainty is really high," Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International studies told the network. "The lowest it could possibly be is the budget caps. That's the default if all else fails. I've not heard anything on what a broader budget deal looks like. It remains a mystery."

Even a continuing resolution, which usually acts as a stopgap to avoid a shutdown, would cause problems for the military. It wouldn't allow for new programs to fight cyberattacks, enemy drones or other forms of high-tech warfare.

"It just creates unpredictability. It makes us rigid," Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress earlier this month, according to CNN. "We cannot deal with new and revealing threats. We know our enemies are not standing still. ... So, it's about as unwise as can be."

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