Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional

Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptionalWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan by midnight Friday, triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government. Government shutdowns are unusual but not unheard of. The government has partially shut down three times in the past quarter-century — and far more often in decades past.



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