NDIA's Norquist Urges Congress to Avert Shutdown

NDIA's Norquist Urges Congress to Avert Shutdown

ARLINGTON, VA – NDIA CEO and President and Former Deputy Defense Secretary The Hon. David L. Norquist alongside President and CEO David Berteau of the Professional Services Council urged Congress to avert a shutdown and avoid a Continuing Resolution in a letter released Thursday 28, September.  

 "On behalf of the thousands of companies who are members of the undersigned associations representing the defense industrial base (DIB), we write with three requests: (1) avoid a shutdown of the federal government; (2) pass and send to the President a Continuing Resolution (CR) solely as a temporary appropriation as a bridge; and (3) expedite passage of the fiscal year (FY) 2024 defense appropriations bill and the other 11 full-year appropriations bills," the letter read.

"As Fiscal Year 2023 draws to a close this weekend, we are gravely concerned over the negative impacts a potential government shutdown and/or a series of CRs will have on our nation’s defense industry and its workforce. Those impacts will hit every company that supports federal missions. They are particularly bad for many thousands of small and mid-sized businesses."

The trade association leaders warned of the potential impact of the shutdown. "Shutdowns are worse than a CR, but the negative impact of a CR on government contractors remains acute. CRs delay programs and defer new starts, which dampens innovation and creates unpredictable cash flow situations for companies."

Read the letter in full here. Learn more on the shutdown here.

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Topics: Government Policy, Budget

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