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What happens during government shutdown over Trump border wall?

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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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