Florida Guard Team,
Last week, the President and Congress approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government from 1 October through 11 December 2014. This action precludes a repeat of last year’s government shutdown.
A CR is a stopgap measure that keeps the government running in the absence of an approved budget for the next fiscal year. The CR passed last week will keep federal spending at fiscal 2014 levels in most areas; however, it will not allow the start of new programs or initiatives.
While we are relieved that we are not facing the devastating impact of furloughs and decreased readiness that we experienced last year as a result of the government shutdown, we need to remain mindful that the this CR only carries us through the first couple of months of this fiscal year. We are hopeful that Congress will approve, and the President will sign a budget when Congress reconvenes.
I commit to you that we will closely monitor the legislative processes, keep you informed, and do everything possible to minimize potential negative outcomes resulting from the budget uncertainty.
Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida