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Meet the Democrat who paved the way for government shutdowns. Yes, a Democrat.

Jan 17, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

In the spring of 1980, Congress was having a shutdown fight that might be considered tame by today's standards.

The Federal Trade Commission, then a 65-year-old regulatory agency with 1,600 employees, was running out of money and needed Congress to pass a spending bill for the next fiscal year. Some lawmakers, pushed by lobbyists for the broadcast and sugar industries, would only green light more money if the agency's rulemaking and investigative powers were drastically curbed. Meanwhile, ...