The last time all of the bills needed to fund the federal government were passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on time was fiscal year 1997, the 12-month period from Oct. 1, 1996, to Sept. 30, 1997, according to the Congressional Research Service.
In subsequent years, federal lawmakers have passed 94 continuing resolutions to continue funding the government. In the last three years, Congress didn’t pass one spending bill by the start of the fiscal year.
Congress is not going to make this year’s deadline either, and may not even agree on temporary resolution to keep the government running until lawmakers can pass spending bills. House Republicans insist that any legislation that keeps the government running normally after Sept. 30 end funding for the health-care law that expands insurance coverage to millions of Americans.
President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats object to using a continuing resolution to do away with a measure that was passed by both houses of Congress, signed into law by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court.