NDIA CEO Norquist urges Congress to Pass the Full-Year Defense Appropriations Bill

Capitol Building CR Continuing Resolution

March 21, ARLINGTON, Va. — In a letter released Thursday, March 21, NDIA CEO and President and former Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Hon. David L. Norquist, urged Congress to pass the full-year Defense Appropriations Act to avoid any further continuing resolutions and damage to our military.

“It is essential to stop the negative impacts that the series of continuing resolutions (CRs) have imposed on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. military since the start of the fiscal year. NDIA strongly supports completing the Fiscal 2024 DoD Appropriations Act, which congressional negotiators included in the “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024.” Therefore, NDIA strongly encourages every member of Congress to support its passage.”

“The passage of the fiscal 2024 DoD Appropriations Act is essential to ensuring our warfighters have the platforms, equipment, and services they need to conduct their missions and to maintain their competitive advantage against any potential adversary.”

Norquist noted that the Department of Defense has never operated under a year-long CR because of the damage it would inflict on our national security. He also highlighted specific harms imposed by CRs, including delaying innovation, disrupting shipbuilding, contributing to our shortfalls in munitions, hurting military readiness, and destroying small businesses. “Ultimately, CRs benefit our strategic competitors, not the men and women of the U.S. military.”

Read the letter in full here.


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