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The deadline to avoid a government shutdown is fast approaching.
The federal government has entered a shutdown 17 times since the modern budgeting process began.
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Most of those times the shutdown has been short and not involved employees being sent home, but that has changed in recent shutdowns.
With the Senate at an impasse and the Friday-night deadline looming, the odds of a partial shutdown of the federal government are growing by the minute.
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If the federal government does enter a shutdown, it will be the 18th since the Budget Act of 1974 brought in the modern funding process.
Most of these shutdown weren't severe, with 10 of the 17 lasting five days or fewer, and eight lasting three days or fewer.
Additionally, most of these shutdowns did not affect...
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