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Rumsfeld: Pentagon needs emergency funding

Rumsfeld: Pentagon needs emergency funding


From Barbara Starr
CNN Washington

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is warning Congress of dire consequences if it does not approve $14 billion in emergency spending for the Pentagon by July 15.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Rumsfeld said the money is essential for fighting the war on terrorism and keeping the military running through September 31, the end of the 2002 fiscal year.

"The impact of further significant delay in passage would likely include inability to meet military payroll, cancelled training, deferred depot maintenance for ships and aircraft, postponed facililties maintenance and repair, and reduced spare parts and supplies purchases that would hurt future readiness," said the Rumsfeld letter.

The Pentagon previously has claimed it would have to cut back when it doesn't get supplemental funding as the fiscal year winds to a close.

The $14 billion supplemental includes: $7.2 billion to conduct military operations; $4.1 billion for pay for reserve and national guard troops; $1..6 billion for classified intelligence programs; and half a billion dollars for the purchase of precision munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and special operations weapons.