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Congress Is Bad at Budgeting: New at Reason

But continuing resolutions aren't the problem.

Lhfgraphics/Dreamstime.comLhfgraphics/Dreamstime.comCongress is dysfunctional—and nothing illustrates that like the body's increased reliance on short-term funding bills in place of comprehensive budgets, right? These continuing resolutions (C.R.s) are often used in times of crisis to prevent a government shutdown when Democrats and Republicans can't agree enough to pass any of the 12 regular appropriations bills before October 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year, as required by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, writes Veronique de Rugy.

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