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, 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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