The government shutdown could become the longest in US history. Here’s how it compares to the 1995-96 shutdown, widely considered the worst one so far.

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If the government shutdown doesn’t end by Saturday, it will become the longest in US history.
Currently, the longest government shutdown in history took place from 1995 to 1996 under former President Bill Clinton.
That shutdown came less than a month after another shutdown in November 1995, and was the result of the same set of budgetary issues.
The record ’95-96 shutdown only resulted in 284,000 employees having to miss work, which is less than half of the estimated 800,000 furloughs for the 2018-19 shutdown.
Though the two parties were disagreeing about different issues, the 1995-96 shutdown was similar to the 2018-19 impasse in several key ways.

The government shutdown that started at midnight on December 22, 2018, is now en route to becoming the longest in US history if Congress doesn’t pass funding bills on Friday.

It is unclear when this shutdown will end. President Donald Trump said he won’t budge until the Democrats approve $5.7 billion for the wall he wants along the US-Mexico border. On Wednesday, Trump vowed to continue the partial government shutdown after a contentious meeting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi about funding for the wall.

After the meeting, the president tweeted, “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”

Currently, the longest shutdown in US history took place under former President Bill Clinton while Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. It lasted over three weeks, from December 15, 1995 to January 6, 1996.

Here’s how it compares to the 2018-2019 shutdown, which on Saturday is likely to become the longest in US history.

What happened that time

That currently record-holding shutdown took place less than a month after a previous shutdown in November 1995 closed the government for five days due to budget battles between Clinton and Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Although temporarily resolved after November, the two side’s disagreements on funding for public initiatives spilled over again into another funding impasse soon afterward, leaving the government paralyzed as it rang in the new year.

Like nearly all funding gap problems, the 1995-96 government shutdown was about a difference in priorities. While Gingrich was dead set on reducing government spending at the federal level, Clinton wanted to expand spending on Medicare, education, the environment, and public health.

How the record shutdown compares to today

While federal spending as an idea was not a sticking point in the 2018-2019 shutdown, this stalemate is similar because the two parties have vastly different ideas about how to tackle what is perhaps the most visible issue in the Trump era — immigration.

Democrats vehemently refuse to grant Trump $5.7 billion in border wall money. Though Trump previously said he would be “proud” to take the blame for the shutdown over the wall, Republicans are now pointing the finger at Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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