Partisan disagreements over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul have Congress lurching toward a deadline to fund federal agencies in the upcoming fiscal year — or risk a government shutdown.
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The deadline for Congress to pass a funding bill — Sept. 30 — is inching closer. Shutdown threats and last-minute deals have become relatively common in recent years. In April 2011, lawmakers went to the 11th hour — literally — before coming up with short-term spending deal to stave off a government shutdown.
The last actual shutdown hit the government in mid-December 1995 and lasted into early 1996, for a total of 21 days.
So, what do you think? After all the political rhetoric and wrangling, is the government heading for a shutdown — this time for certain?
Take our poll and let us know what you think the odds are. Also, leave us a comment and share your thoughts. Were you around for the 1995-1996 shutdown? How do you remember it? If there is one this time, how do you think it will play out?