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Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said that 12 defense-related associations have written a letter to U.S. Congress, urging it to complete fiscal year 2018 authorization and appropriations measures.
In the letter, AIA said, consequences of the last government shutdown were noted. This includes programs and services that were compromised, and the $24 billion loss suffered by the economy.
“These damaging effects are set to play out again if Congress does not reach agreement to continue government funding,” the letter reads. “We hope you and your colleagues will act swiftly to avoid any threat of government shutdown, a default, or other unnecessary delays that disrupt both industry markets and the proper functioning of the federal government.”
AIA said the letter was sent to the Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. Twelve defense-related associations, covering the entire breadth of the aerospace and defense industry, joined in a letter to the House and Senate Leaders in both parties, asking them to act quickly to fund the government and address the debt ceiling in order to prevent a federal shutdown or a default and address looming significant national security readiness challenges.
The Pentagon’s comptroller and CFO, David Norquist, recently spoke against continuing resolutions during the 2017 Defense News Conference. Defense News said that Norquist called continuing resolutions have “administrative costs that are wasteful and readiness and operational costs that are unrecoverable.” The report said that Norquist, however, remained hopeful that Congress would find a solution.
“You may wonder whether I think stable, robust funding — in the current environment — is achievable. It’s a fair question,” he said, according to Defense News. “I am, quite honestly, optimistic. I believe the stakes are high, the parameters clear and our legislators, like the rest of us, have lived under the sword of sequestration for too long. I know the Congress will find a solution, and I remain hopeful that it will be soon.”
Click here to view the letter to Congress.