THE CONGRESS: Fat-Free

Last December New York's irascible Congressman John Taber, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, served notice of his intention to wipe out the Administration's anticipated $3 billion deficit. But last week the year's first money bill proved to be too tightly budgeted to render much fat, even under the sizzling gaze of John Taber's practiced eyes. Taber's committee approved, and the House passed, a $3,333,241,600 appropriation for the Treasury and Post Office Departments, a cut of less than 0.2% off the $3,338,783,000 presidential estimate.

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