USA — President Signs Continuing Resolution Extension

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 — Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma signed leg­is­la­tion last night that will keep the gov­ern­ment fund­ed and run­ning through March 18.
The new con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion cuts $4 bil­lion from the pre­vi­ous con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion fund­ing. None of the $4 bil­lion is tak­en from Defense Depart­ment pro­grams.

Oba­ma said he wants nego­ti­a­tions between the exec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive branch­es to con­tin­ue. He called on Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can lead­ers of Con­gress to begin meet­ing as soon as pos­si­ble with the vice pres­i­dent, the White House chief of staff and the bud­get direc­tor.

“We believe and hope that … an ini­tial meet­ing will take place very soon,” White House Press Sec­re­tary Jay Car­ney said yes­ter­day, adding that there is room for com­pro­mise.

DOD offi­cials have been warn­ing for weeks of the effects a year-long con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion would have on the depart­ment. It would mean a $23 bil­lion short­fall in the fis­cal 2011 defense bud­get, and will pre­clude many con­tract starts.

The pres­i­dent wants to avoid con­tin­u­ing two-week exten­sions, and wants a long-term deal with Con­gress, Car­ney said.

“We look for­ward to nego­ti­a­tions on a long-term deal, through the end of the fis­cal year, so that we can do the country’s busi­ness effi­cient­ly and effec­tive­ly; because it is no way to run a busi­ness or a gov­ern­ment to … won­der every two weeks if we’re going to be able to keep in oper­a­tion the fol­low­ing week,” he said. “So the pres­i­dent very much looks for­ward to these nego­ti­a­tions begin­ning to take place towards a long-term deal, and he believes that com­mon ground can be found.”

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →