Timeline: Past government shutdowns

Published On: Oct 02 2013 10:25:59 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2013 08:25:12 AM CDT

After 16 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. Look back at the 17 other times our country has closed its doors.

Washington Monument, Washington DC
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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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