Saturday, October 5, 2013

John Boehner inducted as Neer Do Well Royalty

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said the way to reopen the partially shut U.S. government is for Democrats to negotiate with him and accept changes that would produce “fairness” under the Affordable Care Act.

Boehner, speaking to reporters after a private meeting with House Republicans, criticized an unidentified White House official quoted in The Wall Street Journal today as saying that it doesn’t matter to the administration how long the shutdown lasts because Democrats are winning.

“This isn’t some damn game,” Boehner said. “The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do I.”
The speaker, a 63-year-old Ohio Republican, is trying to unite Republicans around a plan to reopen the government, raise the debt ceiling and achieve as many of the party’s priorities as they can. The shutdown is in its fourth day.

Lockheed to furlough 3,000 workers due to U.S. shutdown

(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said about 3,000 employees would be furloughed on Monday due to the U.S. shutdown.

The company said the number of employees was expected to increase every week if the shutdown continued.

Lockheed said the furloughed employees include those who work at government facilities that have closed and those whose work requires a government inspection that cannot be completed.