Does anyone remember when the U.S. Government was forced to shut down, for how long and for what reason?
I believe it shut down for a while in 1995. I'm doing this from memory, tho. I believe the reasons were about the same. The Clinton administration and Congress couldn't agree on a budget. As I recall, there was very little, if any, noticeable difference. Here is a brief article about it from Wikipedia.
The 1995 "shutdown" of the United States federal government was the result of a conflict between Democratic President Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress over funding for Medicare, education, the environment and public health. It took place after Clinton vetoed the spending bill which Congress sent him. Thereupon, the Federal government of the United States 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 (see budget crisis). The major players were President Bill Clinton and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
IT was shut down jan of 2009 when the idiot in charge got in and it will be shut down till he is either impeached for stupidity or nov 2012 when he will be voted out
Hodag is correct; it was during the Clinton Administration. I don't remember how long it shut down, but I do remember that nothing happened that adversely affected the general public, at least not that we could tell. It is interesting, however, that Republicans and Democrats were arguing over the federal budget at that time, even when "staggering federal debt" was not an imminent issue. As now, the Republicans did not like the idea of Health Care Reform (i.e., Health Insurance Reform), which was only being talked about at that point by then First Lady, Hillary Clinton. I wonder how much health insurance lobby money went into funding successful Republican campaigns in 2010.
On November 14, major portions of the federal government suspended operations. The Clinton administration later released figures detailing the costs of the shutdown, which included losses/savings of approximately $400 million in the form of payments to furloughed federal employees who did not report to work. The first budget shutdown concluded with Congress enacting a temporary spending bill, but the underlying disagreement between Gingrich and Clinton was not resolved, leading to the second shutdown.
A 2010 Congressional Research Service report summarized other details of the 1995-1996 government shutdowns, indicating the shutdown impacted all sectors of the economy. Those included: health and welfare services for military veterans were curtailed; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped disease surveillance; new clinical research patients were not accepted at the National Institutes of Health; and toxic waste clean-up work at 609 sites was halted. Other impacts included: the closure of 368 National Park sites resulted in the loss of some seven million visitors; 200,000 applications for passports and 20,000 to 30,000 applications for visas by foreigners went unprocessed each day; U.S. tourism and airline industries incurred millions of dollars in losses; more than 20% of federal contracts, representing $3.7 billion in spending, were affected adversely.
YES It Was! 1996,Under"I Did not have sex with that woman"Clinton's
Administration , There were a Lot Of Reports,In Reference to the ECONOMIC
Damage The Shut Down, Inflicted: But Personally! I Was Not Affected! in a noticeable Manor...
When I Think About it!, It Was A Wonderful Experience............
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