…Congress is unlikely to pass any funding legislation for FY 2016 this summer, as Senate Democrats are likely to continue to filibuster appropriations bills while demanding Republicans begin negotiations on a funding deal.”– Matt ValloneWASHINGTON, DC — Avascent Analytics’ Defense Platforms manager Matt Vallone discusses the fact that “it is unlikely that any progress will be made in funding the government until the pressure of the end of the fiscal year forces negotiations” in War on the Rocks.
Despite the House of Representatives steadily passing a series of appropriations bills, real congressional action on fiscal year (FY 2016) defense spending is unlikely to start before September. While defense analysts can enjoy an extended summer break, there are a number of factors they’ll need to track in the fall to determine whether Congress is able to keep the lights on at the end of the fiscal year. This article lays out why and how the Republicans’ planned approach to budgeting has run aground, what may happen, and what to watch heading into the fall.
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