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 - 2013
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Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 17, 2013 (16 days): A Republican-controlled House passed a budget plan that included a provision to defund President Barack Obama's signature health care plan, which had major provisions scheduled to start Oct. 1. The Democratically-controlled Senate refused to pass the funding bill with health care amendments attached. A shutdown commenced, and the health care law still went into effect. More than two weeks later, Congress reached a shutdown-ending, debt ceiling-raising deal that left the Affordable Care Act virtually unscathed.

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