Pentagon Might Receive Another Stopgap Budget in December

FILE – The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington, in this March 27, 2008 file photo. Congress on Nov. 16, 2017, sent President Donald Trump a sweeping defense policy bill authorizing a $700 billion budget for the military, including billions of dollars more for missile defense programs to counter the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

November 21, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The Pentagon might be headed for another provisional budget as lawmakers struggle to secure funding for the defense budget.

Officials say the Defense Department has operated on a stopgap budget since September.

Meanwhile, military officials have repeatedly requested that defense spending cap be lifted.

Unless the spending bill clears the Congress, the U.S. military will not be able to launch new operations or buy equipment.

Analysts say lawmakers might reach a deal by Christmas.

Otherwise, the Pentagon will go on another two month stopgap budget until February.

  • Tyrone Jackson

    The Pentagon needs to live within its budget and stop over-spending.
    No one gets a blank check from the American Taxpayers.

  • ToucheTurtle

    Scuttlebutt reports that the Pentagon “lost” $10T dollars during the eight years Obama was in office . . . gosh, isn’t that about the same amount that the national debt increased during the same period of time? The President has increased the budget of the military just recently. How can they be out of money already??? I’ll tell you how . . . look at
    the last boondoggle “rebuilding” project in Afghanistan that cost the American taxpayers some $43M dollars and the building may not even be finished.

    It is past time to turn the financial accountability for the Pentagon to an private independent firm who gets paid to keep track of every single penny the Pentagon spends and how much of it is just plain wasted. It is disappointing that we cannot have a reasonable expectation of accountability and due diligence on the part of our government officials when they are spending taxpayer money.

    In the private sector, this doesn’t happen because the owners have a vested interest in not spending more than the budget allows. Why is it that government routinely overspends? Maybe the solution is to PRIVATIZE more of government operations, and fire the government employees who can’t seem to appropriately do their jobs.

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  • landy fincannon

    Hey, I know hire an army of accountants and comb through the last twenty years of budgets at the pentagon.

    If memory serves me Donald Rumsfelt(sic) announced on September 10, 2001 that there was several trillion dollars unaccounted for, then Osama stepped up.

  • Mark Heinzen

    This is really embarrassing since all government agencies operated under 8 struggling years of continuing resolutions because the Obama administration AND congress couldn’t agree on a budget. Even with the poison gone they still can’t get their act together.

    • Tango Uniform

      Not just embarrassing, but useless. The military can’t fund multi-year projects with continuing resolutions. We need to replace BUFFs, BONEs, Falcons, and Eagles.