Bob Hale, former DoD comptroller and senior executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton, discusses the military funding efforts in Congress, and why he doesn’t think it’ll be passed by October.
The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are beginning work on bills to fund the military, but several steps need to be taken before the bills can be brought to a vote. In order to achieve the goals set by the budget request, the debt ceiling needs to be raised, and spending caps need to be moved. Bob Hale, former DoD comptroller and senior executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, says that nothing short of a “crisis” will make the act pass on time. “Difficult political compromises would have to be reached for the House and Senate and different parties, but also the president who has to sign this legislation. I don’t think that will happen until there’s a crisis and that will be the end of the year when they need to finish up, go come for Christmas, and get on to the next year. I feel that we are going to see something in November, maybe even early December before. And in the middle of all that, they will have to raise the debt ceiling. Which is yet another difficult political decision. It will probably be all grouped together in some kind of omnibus deal.”