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 - 1987
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Dec. 18, 1987, to Dec. 20, 1987 (One day): President Ronald Reagan and the Democratically-controlled Congress disagreed on money for the Nicaraguan Contras. A deal was ultimately reached that gave the Contras nonlethal aid.

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