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Capitol Hill dysfunction threatens key defense initiatives

September 19, 2023

Bryant Harris and Noah Robertson

Defense News

A view of the U.S. Capitol at sunset on January 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


By Bryant Harris and Noah Robertson, Defense News / September 19, 2023

Congress is struggling to perform its most foundational duties this year, and experts say it’s starting to take its toll on national security. Lawmakers are at an impasse as a government shutdown looms, there’s plenty of uncertainty about the budget and one senator is blocking the promotions of hundreds of high-profile military officers.

The Pentagon is bracing for a government shutdown at the end of the month that would threaten troop pay while furloughing most of its civilian workers. The only hope to avoid it is a short-term funding bill that would still limit its ability to procure big-ticket weapons systems and start other new initiatives.

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