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, 1979, to Oct. 12, 1979 (11 days): Democrats in the House and Senate got into an argument over raising congressional pay -- the House wanted to raise it by 5.5 percent, but the Senate didn't. Additionally, the same abortion issue contested in the previous four shutdowns caused problems once again.

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