The End Of Unity

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, bipartisanship ruled in Congress. Now the bickering is back

The most important economic policymaking council in Washington these days may well be the private and informal one that has convened twice lately around the conference table in House Speaker Dennis Hastert's suite in the Capitol. The faces at the table include four other congressional leaders of both parties, White House economic adviser Larry Lindsey, Bill Clinton's Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. When they first met, eight days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Greenspan cautioned the group not to rush to revive the economy until they had time to measure the full effect of the...

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