Arnold Punaro, a retired Marine Corps major general, former congressional staffer, and defense policy expert, recently highlighted the significance of the current congressional inaction when he explained that the potential impact of a year-long continuing resolution for fiscal year 2022 would be more harmful than the notorious 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA). That ill-advised law was designed to be so damaging that no one in their right mind would ever allow it to take effect, but when Congress failed to negotiate that Act to a logical conclusion, they hung the military out to dry.

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