Monday, September 30, 2013


Here Is Every Previous 

Government Shutdown

Why They Happened 

And How They Ended

By Dylan Matthews

Since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976, 
there have been a total of seventeen separate government 
shutdowns (or "spending gaps" in jHill argon). Given that we appear 
to be headed for another one imminently, let's look back at those 
experiences, the political circumstances around them and whay
happened as a consequence. Most of the specifics were drawn
from The Washington Post print archives, which you can access
for a modest sum here.

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