FILE – In this Jan. 3, 1996 file photo President Clinton ponders a reporters question during a White House briefing room news conference about the federal budget impasse as the Republi

 

              FILE – In this Jan. 3, 1996 file photo President Clinton ponders a reporters question during a  White House briefing room news conference about the federal budget impasse as the Republi
FILE – In this Jan. 3, 1996 file photo President Clinton ponders a reporters question during a White House briefing room news conference about the federal budget impasse as the Republican House held firm, rejecting a move to end the 19-day partial government shutdown. The president condemned the defiance and continued impasse, and called it then "an unnatural disaster." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)