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Full coverage: The U.S. government shutdown

With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government. The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House, but had not closed since then.

  

  • Government crisis is averted – for now
    Government crisis is averted – for now

    The House and President Obama sign off on the Senate agreement to end the federal shutdown and raise the debt ceiling without compromising his healthcare law.

  • Unbowed tea party Republicans could shut down government again
    Unbowed tea party Republicans could shut down government again

    At the last possible moment, the dysfunctional United States Congress voted to end the debilitating government shutdown and avoid a calamitous default on the government debt. It should have been a humiliating defeat for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the other tea party Republicans who engineered this...

  • Government shutdown: Bill to reopen agencies heads to Obama
    Government shutdown: Bill to reopen agencies heads to Obama

    WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Wednesday night to a budget compromise that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.

  • Senate votes overwhelmingly to end shutdown, debt limit debate
    Senate votes overwhelmingly to end shutdown, debt limit debate

    WASHINGTON -- By an overwhelming vote, the Senate passed a budget compromise Wednesday night that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.

  • Scenes from the government shutdown, debt limit debate
    Scenes from the government shutdown, debt limit debate

    The U.S. government reopened Oct. 17 after a 16-day shutdown, after Democrats and Republicans were able to reach a budget compromise. Read more: Full coverage of the government shutdown

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