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What happens during government shutdown over Trump border wall?



Since the budget process was overhauled in 1974, there have been 20 funding lapses.

While there are notable exceptions, most of these shutdowns have been short-lived. For instance, none of the eight shutdowns during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s lasted more than three days.

The longest shutdowns include a 21-day shutdown from December 1995 to January 1996 and an 18-day shutdown from September to October 2013.

One thing that is unique to the two lapses in 2018 is the one-party control of Congress and the White House.

The three day shutdown in January marked the first time that the government shut down under one-party control since the 1979 shutdown under President Jimmy Carter. It was also the first shutdown under one-party control that resulted in a furlough of federal employees.

If a shutdown occurs at midnight, this would also be the first time since 1979 when three funding lapses occurred in one calendar year.

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