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Shutdown Congress: Shutdown and Quarter Century

shutdown congress: Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown, according to CTV. Congress scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure -- and to broadcast that they were at work as the shutdown commences. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. It seemed likely each side would try forcing votes aimed at making the other party look culpable for shuttering federal agencies. But any damage could build quickly if the closure is prolonged. Since the closure began at the start of a weekend, many of the immediate effects will be muted for most Americans. ( As reported in the news.