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 - 1995
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Dec. 15, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996 (21 days): This shutdown was over that seven-year plan to balance the budget. Republicans thought the economic forecasts Clinton used to create his plan were too optimistic. Republicans ultimately agreed to fund the government, and Clinton formed another seven-year plan using the lower budget projects.

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