Govt Shutdown Fast Facts

Total days Federal Government  has been shut down since 1974 – 114 days

Shutdowns over health care related issues – 9 out of 18 (50%), mostly about abortion

President with the most shutdowns – Reagan

Longest shutdown – 21 days

Average length of shutdowns – 6.5 days

Below is a chart outlining the major details of each Federal Government shutdown since 1974.  The budget process was changed and has operated the same since then, thus leaving that date as a starting point for federal government budget debates.  If you want more detail on the shutdowns, click here.

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Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation.