The day-to-day operations of most federal agencies are funded on an annual basis by appropriations. When those appropriation bills are not passed by the deadline, a continuing resolution (CR) is enacted to temporarily fund the government. CRs have become a common occurrence in politics, serving as a tool to prevent a government shutdown while negotiations for a long-term spending bill take place.
No matter what comes of the election next week, the current Congress will have a lot on its plate, including a continuing resolution that will determine the fate of government funding. A CR allows Congress to maintain the status quo in terms of funding levels and avoid disruptions in essential services.
Highlights from Congress' efforts to avoid a government shutdown by approving a federal spending bill by the Oct. 1st deadline shed light on the significance of CRs. This process involves intense negotiations, compromises, and debates among lawmakers to ensure the smooth functioning of the government.