Continuing resolutions can be used by Congress to help fund the government during times of disagreement. This gives the officials more time to work out long term spending plans and contracts. During the last nine years, Congress has worked under a continuing resolution for an average of 119 days each year, a stifling number compared to the 32-day average of the seven years prior. A CR typically occurs when the 12 appropriations bills failed to pass at the beginning of the fiscal year. Eventually, the government will go into a shut down if Congress and the President don’t reach a conclusion.