Report How Many Continuing Resolutions Do You Remember? in Proposed Law & Regulations; Legal Decisions Posted Wednesday at 04:39 PM Continuing resolutions, unlike government shutdowns, are routine. The following is from a Congressional Research Service report published in 2000: Quote Continuing resolutions date from at least the late 1870s, and have been a regular part of the annual appropriations process in the post World War II period. In fact, with the exception of FY1989, FY1995, and FY1997, at least one continuing resolution has been enacted for each fiscal year since 1954. (However, the two FY1977 continuing resolutions did not provide funding for an entire regular appropriations bill. Instead, they provided funding for only selected activities.) Until the early 1970s, continuing resolutions principally were limited in scope and duration, and rarely exceeded a page or two in length. They were used almost exclusively to provide temporary funding at a minimum, formulaic level, and contained few provisions unrelated to the interim funding. Beginning in the early 1970s, conflict between the President and Congress over major budget priorities, triggered in part by rapidly increasing deficits, greatly increased the difficulty of reaching final agreement on regular appropriations acts. This conflict led to protracted delay in their enactment. Continuing resolutions, because they historically have been viewed as "must-pass" measures in view of the constitutional and statutory imperatives, became a major battleground for the resolution of budgetary and other conflicts. Consequently, the nature, scope, and duration of continuing resolutions began to change. Footnotes omitted. See "Continuing Appropriations Acts: Brief Overview of Recent Practices," 2000. Google it. Democracy is messy. Always has been, always will be, and it's getting worse every year in "democracies" all over the world. Sometimes it just doesn't work. The question is, Why? Does the problem lie with the nature of democracy or with the people being governed?