By Byron York | 10/05/13 01:01 PM
Everyone knows the phrase "government shutdown" doesn't mean the entire U.S. government is shut down. So in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not? One way to measure that is in how much money...
By Byron York | 10/03/13 05:42 PM
This week, the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. In all, Merck intends to lay off one out...
By Byron York | 10/03/13 06:31 AM
As the partial government shutdown enters its third day, many House Republicans are determined to keep fighting, even though they see no plausible way out of the current impasse, because they've come so far they cannot imagine backing down now.
By Byron York | 10/02/13 05:21 AM
"I've been trying to figure this out," says one House Republican of the current standoff over funding the government. "It seems to me that Boehner could do whatever he wants with Democrats on the floor and still get about 180 or 190 of us. So why doesn't he do that?"
By Byron York | 10/01/13 08:41 AM
On Monday afternoon, about eight hours before the government shutdown began, House Speaker John Boehner was asked whether he would consider passing a "clean" continuing resolution -- that is, a measure to fund the government without attachments that defund, delay, or limit Obamacare. "Is the...
By Byron York | 09/30/13 05:34 PM
There are 233 Republicans in the House. Insiders estimate that three-quarters of them, or about 175 GOP lawmakers, are willing, and perhaps even eager, to vote for a continuing resolution that funds the government without pressing the Republican goal of defunding or delaying Obamacare. On the...
By Byron York | 09/29/13 09:04 AM
Why have House Republicans pursued their effort to defund, and now to delay, Obamacare so relentlessly, even though they have almost zero chance of success in the face of a rapidly-approaching deadline for shutting down the government? And why have they done so when many in their party have...
By Byron York | 09/28/13 09:13 AM
Saturday is decision day for House Republicans. A week ago, they sent a continuing resolution to the Senate that included a provision to defund Obamacare. Now, they've received the resolution back, minus the Obamacare provision. So what do they do? Do they attach some new measure to the...
By Byron York | 09/26/13 06:45 PM
Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is determined to force his fellow senators to do something many don't want to do: Vote on whether the law, specifically Obamacare, applies to members of Congress and their staff.
By Byron York | 09/26/13 02:21 PM
House Republicans are considering attaching a provision to the government funding resolution that would repeal Obamacare's 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. It's widely viewed as a damaging and counterproductive levy affecting a leading American industry, and all Republicans oppose it. Most...
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