"No" on Proposed Continuing Resolution

September 19, 2019
Press Release

Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055

Washington D.C. -Congressman Doug Lamborn, the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the proposed Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through November:

"Congress has a responsibility to provide stable and predictable funding that allows our military to keep pace with emerging threats. This short term Continuing Resolution ties the hands of our military, cripples the acquisition and modernization process, and negatively affects the readiness of our forces. A protracted CR would be even worse. We have been warned by every Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in recent years that a CR will 'harm our military readiness and stifle our modernization efforts.' We have seen the damage to readiness from previous continuing resolutions, and it is an unacceptable and unnecessary self-imposed burden. There is no reason the budget cap deal we reached earlier this year, which was to provide $738 billion for our military, should not be appropriated before the end of the fiscal year.

We can't allow Democrats to continue holding the defense budget hostage. It is negligent in burdening the men and women that serve in our military with the effects of a CR because Congress keeps kicking the can down the road. For this reason, I oppose the measure."

The Congressional Research Service has reported that "DOD has started the fiscal year under a CR for 13 of the past 18 years and every year since FY2010 excluding FY2019. The amount of time DOD has operated under CR authorities during the fiscal year has tended to increase in the past 10 years and equates to a total of more than 39 months since 2010." Due to CRs, the Department of Defense has spent more than three of the past nine years operating under wasteful stopgap measures with terrible effects on the readiness of our forces.