Government Shutdown 2011: If It Happens, It Would Be 18th Shutdown Ever

Apr 8, 2011 5:30pm

ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:

If the government shuts down at midnight, it would be the 18th time it will have happened — ever.

Since 1976, the year that the new Congressional budgeting process took effect, there have been 17 government shutdowns. In official terms, they are actually called “spending gaps.”

According to a Congressional Research Service report issued in 2010, during the 34 years period from fiscal year 1977 to 2010, the 17 shutdowns have ranged in "duration from one day to 21 full days."

"About half of these funding gaps were brief (i.e., three days or less in duration)," according to the report. "Of these, most occurred over a weekend and the disruption in federal operations was minimal.”

Between 1977 and 1992, 15 shutdowns — or “funding gaps” — occurred, compared to just two between 1993 and 2010. Those, of course, were the 1995/1996 standoffs between President Clinton and Congressional Republicans.

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS (1976-2010)


Year        Begin date                          Length (days)            End date
                (at midnight)

1976        Thursday, Sept 30               10                              Monday, Oct 11

1977        Friday, Sept 30                    12                             Thursday, Oct 13
                Monday, Oct 31                  8                               Wednesday, Nov 9
                Wednesday, Nov 30            8                               Friday, Dec 9

1978        Saturday, Sept 30                17                             Wednesday, Oct 18

1979        Sunday, Sept 30                   11                             Friday, Oct 12

1981        Friday, Nov 20                     2                               Monday, Nov 23

1982        Thursday, Sept 30               1                                Saturday, Oct 2
                Friday, Dec 17                     3                              Tuesday, Dec 21

1983        Thursday, Nov 10                3                                Monday, Nov 14

1984        Sunday, Sept 30                   2                               Wednesday, Oct 3
                Wednesday, Oct 3               1                               Friday, Oct 5

1986        Thursday, Oct 16                 1                                Saturday, Oct 18

1987        Friday, Dec 18                     1                                Sunday, Dec 20

1990        Friday, Oct 5                       3                                Tuesday, Oct 9

1995        Monday, Nov 13                  5                                 Sunday, Nov 19
                Friday, Dec 15                     21                         Saturday, Jan 6, 1996

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