Clock running out on war funding

The Pentagon is planning for the possibility that Congress will fail to fund the war:

The Pentagon is “seriously planning” for the possibility that Congress will not pass emergency war funding before lawmakers head to the August recess, said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.

The Pentagon is developing an “emergency plan” to deal with the lack of supplemental funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Morrell said at a press briefing Wednesday. Morrell did not disclose any details of the plan, because Defense Secretary Robert Gates has yet to consider the options under that plan.

“Needless to say, all of this is extraordinarily disruptive to the department,” Morrell said. “But we’ve had some practice at this over the last few years. We’re sadly getting used to this fire drill.” . . .

While Congress was late in passing supplementals in the past, this year’s situation is much more difficult because most Pentagon accounts are on their “last legs” toward the end of the fiscal year.

Democrats are too busy usurping power for Congress to carry out its basic functions.

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