Stopgap spending bills, also known as continuing resolutions, have become the norm in Congress as lawmakers typically don’t reach agreement on all 12 full-year appropriations bill before the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year.
When Congress can’t pass a CR either, a funding lapse can occur and lead to a partial government shutdown — the most recent was in fiscal 2019 and lasted almost five weeks.
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- A deep dive into the prospects for fiscal 2024 funding
- Background information on continuing resolutions
- Details on government shutdowns.