Timeline: Past government shutdowns

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:27:32 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2015 09:59:42 AM CST

A government shutdown was avoided when leaders in Congress agreed on a temporary spending bill. Here's a look back at what caused past government shutdowns and how they turned out.

Shutdown History - 1976
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Sept. 30, 1976, to Oct. 11, 1976 (10 days): President Gerald Ford vetoed a bill funding the Department of Labor and what was then known as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Ford claimed the bill didn't do enough to reign in spending. The Democratic-led House and Senate overrode the veto.

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