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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Dec. 17, 1982, to Dec. 21, 1982 (Three days): Congress wanted to fund public works jobs programs, which President Ronald Reagan opposed, and Reagan wanted to spend money on a missile program, which the House opposed. The jobs and missile funding were both dropped, but funding was instead added to increase aid to Israel and give legal aid to the poor.

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