Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Tuesday warning him that a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the end of September is likely. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Mattis to provide “an in-depth list of impacts on the military” of three- and six-month continuing resolutions. “Absent a budget agreement,” the Department of Defense will be limited to Budget Control Act spending levels, which “will result in billions of dollars in cuts to the defense budget” at a time when the US military is already experiencing “diminished readiness, strained modernization, and increasing operations,” according to the letter. McCain and Reed asked for a response from Mattis by Sept. 8. “Continuing resolutions have significant negative impacts on our military,” McCain said in a press release. “If this is the path Congress decides to take, we must know the consequences we are choosing for our men and women in uniform.”
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