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The Budget Mess

Since Oct. 1, the federal government has been funded by five short-term measures called Continuing Resolutions. They have lasted from several days to several weeks while Congress dithers over how much money to spend.  Most of the resolutions call for funding programs at last year's levels. Several times, it has been unclear whether Congress would be able to pass a resolution in time. If funding lapsed, most of the federal government would shut down. The only exceptions would be essential services such as law enforcement and defense.

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