In order to understand why such a destructive outcome is on the table, it’s important to first understand how the budget process arrived at this point.”On September 25, Avascent Analytics Defense Platforms Manager Matt Vallone took the time to explain the drama of the defense budget process this past fall, in War on the Rocks.
— Matt Vallone
At the start of the year, Congress had the opportunity to avoid the annual fiscal drama that has afflicted the appropriations process in years past. Following decisive wins in the 2014 election, Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate stressed their intent to return to “regular order” and the passage of normal appropriations bills. In May, both chambers passed a budget resolution for the first time since 2009, putting Congress on track to pass the 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the government in FY2016 by the end of September. This budget would have maintained the spending caps from the 2011 Budget Control Act (also known as “the sequester”), but massively increased the Overseas Contingency Operations funding to increase spending on defense. However, the White House and Democrats in Congress have insisted on adjusting both defense and non-defense spending levels in tandem. Thus, Democrats in the Senate blocked consideration of appropriations bills based on a budget that increased only defense spending.
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