The Longest Government Shutdown In History, No Longer — How 1995 Changed Everything

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Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures toward President Bill Clinton, as then-Senate GOP leader Bob Dole is to the right. They met to try and work through the government shutdown in 1995.

We’ve had government shutdowns since the ’70s. Early on they were low on drama and usually quickly resolved. Then came 1995, when the GOP used budget negotiations to push a broad philosophical fight.

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