Chief of Naval Operations says continuing resolutions and inflation are damaging readiness


Chief Of Naval Operations Admiral Michael M. Gilday issued a stark warning to lawmakers about the dangers of funding the military under continuing resolutions, testifying that the lack of a stable and predictable budget will harm the Navy's ability to confront adversaries, such as China and Russia.

Part of the issue with continuing resolutions is inflation, which chips away at the Department of Defense's budget if spending levels fail to keep pace. That problem is even more pronounced this year, with the latest numbers showing inflation jumped to a nearly 40-year high last month.

"Back here, there is little evidence that we have grasped the reality that our security and way of life are being threatened, as we come before you four months into another CR to plead for steady, predictable funding," Gilday said in testimony to the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense Wednesday.

Gilday told lawmakers that it is "critical time for our country," pointing to the advances made by China and Russia and warning that the Navy will have a hard time keeping pace and could soon "turn incremental gains into long-term strategic advantages."

At issue is the growing trend for Congress to pass continuing resolutions, a short-term measure that continues to temporarily fund the government at previous spending levels, instead of coming to an agreement on a full-year appropriations bill.

While Congress passed and President Biden signed the fiscal 2022 Defense Authorization Act, that money must now be authorized by a full appropriations bill. But leaders in Washington have not been able to come to an agreement on a fiscal year 2022 budget, with Biden signing the second continuing resolution of the fiscal year to avoid a government shutdown last month.

That continuing resolution funded the government through Feb. 18, but some worry that differences in Congress could open up the prospect of funding the government through continuing resolutions for the entire fiscal year.

Such an approach would severely hamper military readiness, Department of Defense leaders such as Gilday have... (Read more)

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