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WASHINGTON — In the long history of government shutdowns, this one was a record: the shortest ever.

The lapse in federal funding lasted less than 6 hours—with the government officially unfunded from 12:01 a.m. on Friday to about 5:30 a.m. when lawmakers scrambled to pass a six-week spending bill.

President Trump tweeted at about 8:30 ET Friday morning that he had signed the bill, officially restarting the flow of federal funds.

This was the second shutdown in a month—and the 20th since the 1970s, according to a tally by the Congressional Research Service.

Four previous shutdowns, all in the 1980s, lasted just one day—but a full day—according the CRS data. The longest shutdown?

A 21-day spending impasse that stretched from Dec. 5, 1995 until Jan. 6, 1996—pitting then President Bill Clinton against then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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