Are budget interruptions a “catastrophe” for military readiness? Hardly

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Andrew Lautz

“Every year, Congress is in charge of debating and passing appropriations legislation that funds more than $1.5 trillion in annual government spending. Almost every year, Congress fails to do their job on time. Appropriations bills are technically due by October 1 of each year, because that is when a new fiscal year starts, but Congress is almost always late. When they’re late, lawmakers usually pass what’s called a continuing resolution, which funds government programs at the same levels as the immediately previous fiscal year. … Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the top Democratic Senator in charge of defense appropriations, said just last week that ‘a CR would be a catastrophe for our defense,’ echoing concerns of military officials. But is this really the case? Not quite, says one of the top government watchdogs responsible for overseeing federal government agencies and their performance.” (01/12/22)