After 16 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. Look back at the 17 other times our country has closed its doors.
Nov. 20, 1981, to Nov. 23, 1981 (Two days): President Ronald Reagan asked for $8.4 billion in spending cuts. When the House of Representatives came back with a bill with more defense cuts than Reagan wanted and a proposal for a pay raise, Reagan vetoed it. Congress passed another bill with fewer cuts, which Regan also vetoed. An extension of current spending was signed to give more time to craft a compromise.
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