The Blizzard of '96

The First Two Government Shutdowns in 1995

The first federal government shutdown in 1995 occurred Nov. 14 and lasted for six days because of a disagreement between Congressional leaders and President Bill Clinton, according to USA Today.

The first shutdown cost the government $800 million.

The federal government shut down for the second time for 21 days Dec. 15, the longest shutdown in history. This shutdown cost the tax payers $520 million.

On Jan. 5, the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that put government workers back to work temporarily and resumed funding to certain government programs.

SOURCE: HEATHER RATCLIFFE, The Oklahoma Daily, January 24, 1996