The ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is, of course, big news worthy of a great deal of coverage. Depending on how the inquiry goes, Trump may well become the third president in history ever to be impeached, and although the chances of a Republican controlled Senate removing him from office are so small they practically don’t exist, Americans are far more interested in that unlikely possibility than they are in the usual bureaucratic processes of Washington.

The problem is that outside of the impeachment media circus, the bureaucracy in Washington is a little too business as usual: The federal government has once again failed to pass the nation’s defense budget prior to the start of the new fiscal year, thereby placing countless programs in limbo and once again compromising maintenance, training and readiness operations that could save service members’ lives.

The new fiscal year started at the beginning of this month, meaning that the U.S. military is now operating under what’s called continuing resolution spending, which is effectively a financial stopgap that allows the government to keep from shutting its doors while Democrats and Republicans wait until the last possible minute to duke it out over lines of accounting. Under continuing resolution spending, new programs and initiatives cannot be started; many ongoing programs that rely on outside contractors grind to a halt; and the entire military apparatus is stuck having its belt tightened by a strangulating lack of funding, rather than a strategic budget reduction.

Maintenance of U.S. Navy ships has been among the first victims of the government’s inability to pass the budget. Scheduled maintenance programs for destroyers USS Bainbridge and USS Gonzalez have already been placed on hold as a result of continuing resolution spending, thus increasing the already troubling ship maintenance backlog and setting the entire maintenance schedule back by months. According to Navy officials, they already have plans to cancel or differ maintenance for fourteen vessels, as well as a mid-life overhaul for the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, if the budget isn’t worked out sooner than later.