U.S. government shutdown lessons from the budget battle of 1995

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NASHVILLE - Three Tennessee Republican veterans of mid-1990s congressional confrontations with a Democratic president have differing ideas today about what they meant and what players in Washington's current showdown should learn from them.

U.S. Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan of Knoxville is the only area veteran of the 1995 and 1996 spending battles who still is serving in Congress.