April 7th, 2011
08:48 PM ET
The last time there was a government shutdown, Bill Clinton was president and Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.
The 1995-96 budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans was largely over spending on education, public health, the environment, and funding for Medicare. Negotiations were then complicated when Congress refused to raise the debt limit in hopes of forcing Clinton to surrender.
Over a period of seven months, there were two government shutdowns and 13 continuing resolutions before a budget agreement was finally made on April 25, 1996.
Both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory in the budget battle, but it was President Clinton's approval ratings that soared after the budget became law.