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Government shutdowns: 2015 • 2018
The United States federal government shutdown of 2018 occurred from July 13 to August 6, 2018, under President Laura Montez. The shutdown occurred when New Hampshire Congressman Jonah Ryan and other congresspeople known as the Jeffersons voted against a bill to raise the debt ceiling.
President Montez held a meeting in the Oval Office with House Speaker Jim Marwood and Minority Leader Roger Furlong and others on July 11, 2018. The three amicably reached a deal to get a bill signed to raise the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, Congressman Jonah Ryan, bitter that he didn't get an invitation to former President Selina Meyer's portrait unveiling, wanted his coalition of Jeffersons to do something bold to get the attention of the political elite. On July 13, the Jeffersons voted against the bill agreed to by both Marwood and Furlong to raise the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Charlie Baird declared a government shutdown that day.
The shutdown lasted 25 days. On August 6, 2018, President Montez made a deal with Congressman Clarence Clark and his newly formed "Libertonians" to end the shutdown. The Libertonians contained members of the Jeffersons, sans Ryan.
The shutdown was widely unpopular and ended up hurting Jonah Ryan's popularity in his congressional district. After polling below his opponent Di Vicentis in the 2018 midterm elections, Ryan was replaced from the ballot with his cousin Ezra Kane.