James Mattis applauds spending deal: 'America can afford survival'

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"We have a duty to remain faithful to them", Mattis said.

The defense secretary told the committee that if a substantial budget deal cannot be reached, "my presence here today wastes your time because no strategy can survive. without the funding necessary to resource it".

"I don't want to say in advance of a negotiation and undercut our negotiators' position, what we would or would not do", Mattis said. The current resolution will expire at midnight Thursday, and the House and Senate are expected to resort to fifth resolution.

Mattis, who was on Capitol Hill earlier this week briefing lawmakers on the Trump administration's recently released National Defense Strategy, appeared at the White House press briefing to give a brief statement and answer questions.

Selva has noted that the Defense Department will be in the predicament on Friday of beginning to outline spending proposals for fiscal 2019, while operating without a budget for fiscal 2018 and spending at levels authorized for 2017.

James Mattis applauds spending deal: 'America can afford survival'
James Mattis applauds spending deal: 'America can afford survival'

"I can not overstate the impact to our troops' morale from all this uncertainty", Mattis said. "They do so despite Congress' abdication of its constitutional responsibility to provide sufficient, stable funding".

"We need Congress to lift the defense spending caps and support a two-year budget agreement for our military", Mattis told reporters. The continuing resolution was added as an amendment to an unrelated bill. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia.

President Donald Trump is calling for another government shutdown if Democrats refuse to back his proposed changes to USA immigration law. "It is not lost on me that as I testify before you this morning, we are again on the verge of a government shutdown, or at best, another damaging continuing resolution".

In congressional testimony here Tuesday, Mattis told Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) it was "correct" that the proposed low-yield submarine-launched warheads were a "bargaining chip" to bring Russian Federation to the negotiating table after its alleged violation of an important arms-control treaty that forbids certain nuclear cruise missiles.

"It is morally wrong to send fearless men and women out on missions under any strategy for which they are not fully trained, equipped and supported with the best that this country can provide", Thornberry said. "That support should not be conditioned on any other issue" such as spending on domestic programs.

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Thornberry and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington echoed Mattis' comments, encouraging their colleagues to find a way to fund the Defense Department.

Smith went on to note the numerous other agencies that contribute to national security that would be funded by a continuing resolution should the House proposal become law. "We will spend the money wisely", Mattis said. "Defense is incredibly important". "All of those things are important", Smith said, calling Mattis" admonishment "patently absurd and insulting".

"You are going to gut everything else [outside the Defense Department] ... and if you gut everything else you create problems", he said. Now Trump made clear that he wanted the Pentagon to deliver a range of plans that included striking Iranian ballistic missile factories or hitting Iranian speedboats...

"The bottom line is that thanks to President Trump we can now have the strongest military we have had", Mrs. Sanders said.

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