Maintenance for Navy vessels takes one of the "biggest hits" when the government operates under a continuing resolution, according to the service's top admiral.
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation today, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said the negative effects tend to accumulate. "Planning can get shortchanged, materials don't come at the optimum cost [and] workers are very difficult to hire" because the conditions are volatile, he said.
The comments come as Congress continues to struggle to pass a budget amid partisan fighting over immigration and other issues. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) told reporters at a GOP retreat in West Virginia today Congress is "very close" to a deal, but stopped short of promising there would not be another government shutdown.