What Are Continuing Resolutions?

Budget Process By Kevin R. Kosar January 19, 2024

“When… annual appropriations acts are not enacted by the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1), one or more continuing appropriations acts may be enacted to provide temporary funding to continue certain programs and activities until action on regular appropriations acts is completed. Such funding is provided for a specified period of time, which may be extended through the enactment of subsequent continuing appropriations.

“A continuing appropriations act is commonly referred to as a continuing resolution or CR because it has typically been in the form of a joint resolution rather than a bill. But there is no procedural requirement as to its form.” Continuing appropriations are also occasionally provided through a bill.”

Congressional Research Service, Continuing Resolutions: Overview and Components and Practices, Congressional Research Service, May 16, 2023.


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