Last month`s 16-day partial government shutdown helped lower the nation`s federal deficit for October. The treasury says the government ran a $91 billion short fall last month. That was about 25 percent lower than the deficit Uncle Sam racked up during the same month a year ago.
Now, one of the sticking points that led to that partial government shutdown, a losing effort by House Republicans to repeal a tax on medical devices. But chief executives of those device makers have picked up the fight, heading to the nation`s capital today to tell lawmakers how the taxes are hurting businesses and jobs.
Jane Wells reports.