New nuclear weapon would deter North Korea, Defense Secretary Mattis says

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But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says that approach, fully funding the Defense Department but only providing temporary money for the rest of the government, won't go anywhere in the Senate.

The proposal, which the Pentagon plans to send to Congress next week, will seek funds for space and cyber operations, nuclear deterrent forces, missile defense, advanced autonomous systems, artificial intelligence capabilities and professional military education. "We have a duty to remain faithful to them". "To advance the security of our nation, these troops are putting themselves in harm's way - in effect, signing a blank check payable to the American people with their lives", the secretary said.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump goes dark on Russian Federation and the real threat to our State of the Union The Hill's 12:30 Report Report: Mattis considering personal cellphone ban at Pentagon MORE on Tuesday scorched Congress for budget dysfunction that has left the Pentagon operating under stopgap spending for a quarter of the fiscal year.

As lawmakers clambered to strike a deal to keep the government open past Thursday, when funding is set to expire, Mattis warned another year operating under continuing resolutions would have far-reaching consequences - potentially even hampering military pay.

"I can not overstate the impact to our troops' morale from all this uncertainty", Mattis said. "They do so despite Congress' abrogation of its Constitutional responsibility to provide stable funding". "We'll just leave it in the wind in the CR because defense takes a priority and nothing else".

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President Donald Trump is calling for another government shutdown if Democrats refuse to back his proposed changes to USA immigration law. "Today's congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation".

"It is morally wrong to send courageous men and women out on missions under any strategy for which they are not fully trained, equipped and supported with the best that this country can provide", Thornberry said.

Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he was concerned by the president's request for a "self-aggrandizing military parade". "That support should not be conditioned on any other issue" such as spending on domestic programs. "It's not the only thing important in keeping the peace".

In a shutdown, uniformed and civilian Pentagon personnel would not get paid unless Congress passes an emergency measure to exempt them, according to Pentagon Comptroller Dennis Norquist.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a government shutdown would be "very damaging to the military", a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump's comments less than 24 hours earlier when the president said he'd "love to see a shutdown".

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