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A forlorn-looking sculpture sits at the base of President James A. Garfield's statue on Capitol Hill in anticipation of a possible federal government shutdown in 1995. With the clock ticking toward a midnight shutdown, President Clinton vetoed a temporary borrowing bill and prepared to close most government operations in a political fight with Congress. (Nov. 13, 1995)(Credit: AP)

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Past government shutdowns

The federal government put non-essential government workers on furlough and suspended non-essential services from November 14 through November 19, 1995 and from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996.


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