WASHINGTON — Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. An extended CR that spans into next year would be problematic for the U.S. Space Force because all its money is in the Air Force’s budget and could not be transferred until Congress passes a full-year appropriation bill.
“A long-term CR won’t be good for our service,” the head of the U.S. Space Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond said Sept. 15.
Raymond and Air Force leaders spoke with reporters by video conference from the Pentagon during the Air Force Association’s virtual Air Space Cyber Conference.
Raymond said he worries that billions of dollars that were supposed to be moved from the Air Force’s budget to the Space Force will not transfer during a CR, complicating the service’s ability to fund operations and programs.
The money that has to be transferred includes $2.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $77 million for emergency war spending, $10.3 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $2.2 billion for procurement.
The Trump administration and congressional leaders are negotiating the terms of a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. The CR ...