The sun gleamed down on the closed Washington Monument as the federal budget impasse continued in Washington on Jan. 4, 1996. Brawling and bargaining by turns, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders struggled to make progress toward a balanced budget, while blaming each other for a partial government shutdown that inconvenienced millions. Dennis Cook/AP hide caption

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President Obama faced a battery of questions about his budget Tuesday during a news conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. One problem Obama and other politicians confront when it comes to the budget is that most voters want more government than they're willing to pay for. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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