After 16 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. Look back at the 17 other times our country has closed its doors.
Sept. 30, 1978, to Oct. 18, 1978 (18 days): President Jimmy Carter vetoed two bills with projects he opposed: a defense bill that included a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and a public works bill that included water projects Carter thought were wasteful. A health bill was also delayed because of an abortion dispute similar to the previous year's. Congress passed new funding bills without the projects Carter didn't like and kept 1977's abortion compromise.
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