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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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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