Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich with then-President Bill Clinton in budget negotiations during the government shutdown in December 1995. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
(CNSNews.com) – After the federal government shutdown for 21 days from mid-December 1995 to early January 1996, the percentage of Americans who said they approved of the job Congress was doing increased, according to the Gallup poll.
At the same time, the percentage of Americans who said they approved of the job then-President Bill Clinton was doing remained the same, and the percentage who said they approved of the job then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich was doing dropped by only two points.
The government shutdown from Dec. 16, 1995 to Jan. 6, 1996, occurred when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives was trying to get President Clinton to agree to a spending plan that would put the federal government on the path to a balanced budget within seven years.
The Republicans had gained control of Congress in the 1994 elections after President Clinton had tried and failed to enact a national health-care plan that came to be known as Hillarycare–after then-First Lady Hillary Clinton who had led the effort to design the plan and push it through a Democratically controlled Congress.