One of the best things that could happen to the U.S. military, at least budget-wise, would be passage of a full-year appropriations bill.
Right now, the nation's military is operating under a continuing budget resolution that funds operations at fiscal year 2012 levels, and locks money into the wrong accounts.
Absent a bona-fide budget bill, why not give admirals and generals the flexibility to transfer money under the 2012 resolution?
Two Hampton Roads representatives made such an argument Tuesday, singling out projects in Hampton Roads and elsewhere that could be affected.
Reps. Rob Wittman and Randy Forbes, two members of the House Armed Services panel, made the recommendation in a letter to Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Specifically, they want transfer authority to incorporate following projects:
-- completion of the midlife overhaul of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a job that has stalled due to lack of funds.
-- New authority to free up initial money for the proposed carrier John F. Kennedy
-- additional money to support the expanded research and development of the Air Force aerial refueling aircraft.
(By the way, this continuing resolution problem is different than sequestration, which is the news of the moment. That's because sequestration budget cuts become official on March 1.)