Trump Signs Continuing Resolution

President Donald Trump on Nov. 21 signed another stopgap spending measure that will keep the federal government open through Dec. 20, as efforts to agree on a fiscal 2020 appropriations package are still stalled.

Without new money, federal agencies are held to the previous year’s spending level and cannot work on new efforts that weren’t already funded.

Air Force Magazine previously reported that continuing resolutions could affect progress on 88 new programs, 14 planned production increases, and 41 military construction projects in 19 states.

For example, Air Force Materiel Command boss Gen. Arnold Bunch told reporters Nov. 21 he believes the service is working toward releasing a request for proposals in December to buy Boeing’s F-15EX jet, including eight in 2020, but that effort can’t move forward without new congressional funding. It’s unclear what impact the CRs will ultimately have on the F-15EX program’s timeline.