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The United States government partially ceased operation from October 1 through October 16, 2013, according to Mediaite. After 16 days, congressional leaders reached an agreement to keep the government fully functional until January 15 and allow it to meet its financial ...

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A shutdown can last as long as it takes Congress to agree on a spending bill and for the President to agree to sign it. As of 2014, the longest government shutdown in history lasted three weeks. Usually, however, shutdowns last only a few days.

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A government shutdown is a situation in which the legislative branch of the United States government fails to adequately account for funding intended for federal agencies and other operational entities. As a result, the executive branch is compelled to shut down operati...

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As of October 2014, the last shutdown of the U.S. government was in October 2013. The shutdown lasted 16 days, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 16, 2013.

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In a government shutdown, important functions of the federal government continue running while the nonessential functions close down. Typically, all government duties that ensure safety, security and protection of the public continue running as usual. Many civil workers...

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As of November 2014, 18 government shutdowns have occurred in the history of the United States. The first shutdown lasted 10 days in the fall of 1976, and the most recent lasted 16 days in the fall of 2013.

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Washington Post states that the biggest immediate consequences of a government shutdown are delays or no pay at all for many federal workers, inefficient patient services at health clinics and economic depression.