Federal Government Shutdown: Biggest News Stories of 2013

The 16-day long U.S. government shutdown was one of the biggest news events of 2013.

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(Click here for political cartoons about the federal government shutdown)

At a about a 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 30, the director of the Office of Management and Budget sent out the directive and the first federal government shutdown in 17 years took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1 after House Republicans and Senate Democrats could not agree on a spending bill. The shutdown lasted for 16 days, forcing 1.3 million federal workers to report for duty without pay and furloughing hundreds of thousands of others as government-run facilities, including national parks and monuments, were temporarily closed. The U.S. Budget Office estimated the shutdown cost taxpayers $2 billion. For more U.S. News & World Report coverage of the shutdown, click the links below.

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