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Shutdown began on Oct. 1

The longest shutdown lasted 21 days, ending Jan. 5, 1996.

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Oct. 1 marked the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, effectively shuttering various services and public facilities due to lack of funding. At the heart of the crisis is a standoff between the two chambers of Congress controlled by opposing parties. House Republicans continue to try to defund or delay Obamacare through amendments to the budget bill, while Senate Democratic leaders refuse to consider anything other than a “clean” continuing resolution. The entrenchment by the House and Senate has deflated hopes of a speedy resolution.

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