Friday, October 4, 2013

Bill Clinton Keeps Memorials Open During Government Shutdown

Pol Light Moment #64 is President Bill Clinton keeping the war memorials and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC open during his government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996. Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States and served from 1993-2001. He also served as the Governor of Arkansas from 1983-1992.

Due to budget disagreements between the Legislative and Executive branches of the government, the US Government was shutdown and all non-essential services suspended from November 14 through November 19, 1995 and then again from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996. Bill Clinton decided as President that the war memorials and Lincoln Memorial could remain open. There were no staff providing information services, but the public was still able to enter the grounds of these government memorials in Washington D.C. on their own.

For vintage photographs of war memorials being open during the 1995 and 1996 shutdown reference the article War Memorials Remained Open During Previous Shutdown in The Daily Caller.

Quote Light: Bill Clinton has a page on the Quote Light blog.

Bill Clinton has been featured in other Pol Light moments and can be found by searching this blog with the Bill Clinton Label.

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