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.

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Oct. 16, 1986, to Oct. 18, 1986 (One day): President Ronald Reagan and the Democrats in the House disagreed on several points, including measures on labor contracts, the origin of goods and workers on oil rigs and aid to families. The House gave up several demands and got a vote on the welfare measure in return.

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