Congress: Winning the Weevils

Texas' Democratic Representative Omar Burleson picked up his ringing telephone. At the other end of the line was the President of the U.S.

Kennedy wanted to talk about an effort by House Republicans to tie any tax cut to specific federal budget levels. Speaking softly, Kennedy argued that the move was purely political and could be easily "circumvented."

But, countered Burleson, many Democrats are disturbed about Govern ment extravagance. Replied Kennedy: "You've already cut more than $4 billion this year." Maybe so, said Burleson, but he had computed that new programs urged by the Administration would cost $17 billion over...

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