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, 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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