‘A shutdown paralyzes everything we do’: U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis

Updated:10 months ago IST

United States, Feb 08 (ANI): U.S. Defense Secretary J. Mattis urged the Congress to lift the defense spending cap and said a shutdown would 'paralyze everything' the military does. "Shutting down the government would be very damaging to the military," Mattis said during a White House press briefing. "It just paralyzes everything that we do if we go into that," he added. The Senate, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by almost $300 billion, in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years. The agreement, announced by both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate, would lift caps on defense funding and some domestic government spending.

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