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Government shutdown is 18th since 1976

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The current shutdown of the federal government is the 18th since the modern budgeting process began in 1976. Many lasted just days, but several dragged on through multiple weeks. The first shutdown came in 1976 when President Gerald Ford, a Republican, vetoed a bill funding the Department of Labor and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services) over its cost....

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