Imagine! This pol must surely have been sent packing by the voters, for such an act as threatening the liberal's God of Government. Moderate Republicans must have been scared that this conservative would be very unpopular and prevent Republicans from getting elected.
During the Reagan administration, the government spent the most time on the brink of government closures. Steven Hayward writes in The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980-1989;“Unable to agree on a budget, Congress passed a “continuing resolution” in November to keep the government running at current levels. Reagan cast his first veto and briefly shut down the government, in a pattern that would repeat itself much of the next six years
It was a battle that began from the onset of the administration and spanning the administration’s two terms. As historian Gil Troy writes “During the first two months after his January 20 inauguration, Reagan, with his chief lieutenant David Stockman, launched the Budget Battles as the Reagan Revolution’s opening salvo.”
The most remembered government shutdown in the Reagan Administration was in 1981. Tien explains that “President Ronald Reagan’s administration used the shutdown guidelines the following year when Reagan vetoed a continuing resolution that resulted in a three-day broader government shutdown.” (149) After short closures in 1981, 1984, 1985, and 1986, the government again faced similar situation in 1987 a closures were averted.
Reagan compromised but didnt cave on principle...sadly, his successor did, GW Bush listened to the Beltway crowd, and paid the political price for raising taxes.
Date(s): Oct. 6, 1990.
Issue: President George H.W. Bush, backing up his campaign promise that he wouldn’t increase any taxes, vetoes a budget for 1991 that includes a tax increase.
Result: Government is shut down through the three-day Columbus weekend.
Resolution: Bush signs a continuance over the weekend but ultimately agrees to a tax increase by signing the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act on Nov. 5.
Time: Three days.