On this day in (December 14th) 1985 the House failed to pass a compromise spending bill, effectively shutting down the Defense, Interior, Transportation, Treasury, Agriculture Departments and The Postal Service all ran out of money.
Barney Frank: “It shows the depth of the anger on the part of a lot of Democrats who have cooperated in reducing housing programs, in reducing Public Transportation and reducing programs for the needy and elderly and cutting back on program for daycare for working women who said ‘wait a minute, after all that we have done you’re now gonna turn around and tell us that we’re still gonna have the five hundred dollar toilet seats, and MX missiles for which we voted and decided there was no need. We will not take it anymore’. “
The never-ending saga of the Budget.