Short-term funding leads to long-term problems

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Continuing resolutions have been in the congressional tool box since the 1800s. But Princeton’s Julian Zelizer says the way they’re used today is a more recent development. "Instead of a short-term fix as they were when they were used before the 1970s," he said, "they became the solution and the way in which we decide how much we’re going to fund programs over the course of the year."

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Julian Zelizer is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and writes a weekly column for CNN.com.