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Data: Congressional Research Service; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Continuing resolutions — or CRs — let Congress keep funding the government while buying time to negotiate the full appropriations bill for the year.

Why it matters: The White House is urging Congress to pass a short-term spending bill by month's end to prevent a government shutdown — and include funds for natural disasters and immigration help for Afghans.

By the numbers: 124 CRs have been enacted since 1998. The pace in recent years generally has been lower than in the late '90s and early 2000s, but the bills on average have provided funding for longer periods of time.

  • 2001 was the year with the most enacted short-term spending bills since the late 1970s, but those bills only funded the government for 82 days in total.
  • Fiscal years 2007, 2011 and 2013 saw fewer CRs but provided funding for the full year.

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The House voted Thursday to approve $1 billion in funding to Israel's Iron Dome defense system via a stand-alone bill, days after the provision was removed from a short-term government funding bill because of backlash from progressive lawmakers.

State of play: Several progressive members had threatened to vote against the short-term funding bill, which also includes language to raise the debt ceiling. The clash surrounding the measure underscored the deep divisions in the Democratic Party over Israel.

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Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.