Fact check: Kamala Harris's claim about the longest government shutdown in US history

On January 6, 2019, Kamala Harris, US Senator for California wrote a tweet commenting on the ongoing US federal government shutdown. In it she made the following claim:

Kamala Harris on Twitter

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history was 21 days. We’re now on day 15. Federal workers and government contractors can’t wait months or years for their next paycheck.


“The longest government shutdown in US history was 21 days.”

Fact check: True.

To date, the longest shutdown of the federal government of the United States was from 16 December, 1995 to 6 January, 1996, for a total of 21 days.

Vox wrote a detailed report about all government shutdowns in the United States.


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