ARLINGTON, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association is pleased with congressional actions Friday that saw a funding resolution passed to avoid a government shutdown. NDIA now calls on officials to act and pass the full fiscal year 2018 budget.
From retired Gen. Hawk Carlisle, NDIA president and chief executive officer:
“The National Defense Industrial Association applauds congressional action this week to pass a continuing resolution that keeps the federal government running, extends our nation’s debt limit, and provides relief for those areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Now, we call on Congress and the White House to negotiate a grand bargain before the next deadline of Dec. 8 that provides predictable, stable, and sufficient funding for the rest of fiscal year 2018 and beyond.
“While we welcome the compromises that spare jobs from furlough and the government from shutting down, this is not a permanent fix. Forcing the Defense Department to operate under a continuing resolution for the ninth consecutive year will do serious harm to the readiness of our armed forces, military communities, and the men and women in uniform. Our federal workers and military members deserve our full support, not more uncertainty.”
Carlisle was among the 12 leaders of the Defense Related Associations who authored a Sept. 7 letter to congressional leadership encouraging regular order for the 2018 defense authorization and appropriations measures.
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