U.S. Debt Ceiling

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it

Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met — who would do that?

Members of both parties, it turns out. And both sides have complained loudly when the other resorted to a shutdown threat.

Some of the same Republicans who claim to abhor the bare-knuckle tactic now playing out in Washington have used it themselves. And some of the Democrats who refused to vote Thursday for federal funding without an immigration deal have decried such hostage-taking in the not-so-distant past.

Here's a look at some past budget standoffs and politicians' shifting outrage over using shutdown threats as a negotiating tactic.

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