Then and Now:
It’s been 17 years since the last federal government shutdown from November/December 1995 to January 1996. The players have changed but the issues are similar — education, the environment and public health.
The government shutdown during the Clinton administration lasted 28 days. This is day three of the current shutdown that has furloughed nearly 800,000 federal workers and put key government agencies in limbo.
Left to Right:
President Bill Clinton; President Barack Obama; a Nov. 16, 1995 New York Daily News cover depicting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; an Oct. 1, 2013 New York Daily News cover depicting current House Speaker John Boehner; former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (via Wikipedia Commons); current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Bob Dole, former Senate majority leader; Harry Reid, current Senate majority leader; Tom Daschle, former Senate minority leader; and Mitch McConnell, current Senate minority leader (via Wikipedia Commons).
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