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. 5, 1990, to Oct. 9, 1990 (Three days): President George H.W. Bush insisted on a spending bill that included a deficit-reduction plan. When the Democratically-controlled Congress passed a funding bill without such a plan, Bush vetoed it. A deficit-reduction deal was ultimately worked out.

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