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Response to Huin (Reply #34)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:24 PM

35. The "shutdowns" are relatively "new" in the history of the country

Essentially only happening on and off during the past 40 years or so... but most notably thanks to Newt Gingrich, who as the GOP Speaker of the House at the time, made it a hostage-taking tool during the 1995-1996 shutdowns (the length of time of which was just surpassed by this last shutdown). The GOP has been using it for that purpose ever since.

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