April is shaping up to be a pivotal month for Congress, especially for the House Armed Services Committee and the 2018 defense authorization bill.
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he’s hopeful Congress can actually appropriate 2017 funds to the Defense Department before April 1.
The government is now operating in its fifth month at 2016 spending levels due to a continuing resolution and Congress’ inability to come to an agreement on how funds should be spent.
“The fiscal year is marching ahead and so to have any hope of spending the money efficiently we need to get [the appropriations] done quickly, and secondly, 2018 is backing up here,” Thornberry told reporters during a Feb. 16 briefing.
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