CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich, who oversaw two government shutdown as House Speaker in the 1990s:
There were 12 government shutdowns while Democrat Tip O'neill was Speaker. Why is media so one sided in its ignorance of history?
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) September 30, 2013
The Washington Post has a full round-up on the history of government shutdowns. Indeed, Tip O’Neill was House Speaker during 12 of them.