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The Appropriations Law Answer Book by William G. Arnold

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Chapter 7

Continuing Resolutions

It has become increasingly common that Congress does not enact appropriations bills before October 1 of each year. To avoid government shutdowns caused by a “funding gap,” Congress uses continuing resolutions to keep the government running. This chapter describes continuing resolutions and the rules and restrictions that go with them.

275. What is meant by the term continuing resolution?

GAO defines it as follows:1

An appropriation act that provides budget authority for federal agencies, specific activities, or both to continue in operation when Congress and the President have not completed action on the regular ...

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