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Young knows all too well the struggles of shutdown

Phyllis Young lived through a shutdown of the federal government in 1995, and while she doesn’t relish the memories, she said it provided important lessons that are applicable today.

Young was a press officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Press Office in 1995 during its five-day shutdown that came during the Clinton Administration. It was the first of two shutdowns that year (the second, from Dec. 16, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996, was the longest federal shutdown, until the existing shutdown tied that 21-day record on Saturday).

Young, who held a series of jobs in various offices of the State Department before she came to the Press Office, retired from her federal career in 2000 and returned to her mother’s hometown of Lawton. She has vivid memories of 1995.

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