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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Sept. 30, 1977, to Oct. 13, 1977 (12 days): The Democratic-led House wanted to keep a ban on using Medicaid to pay for abortions, with one exception: if the mother's life was at risk. The Democratic-led Senate wanted to add exceptions for rape, incest and the mother's health, too. The existing policy was extended so differences could be worked out.

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