THE ADMINISTRATION: Jimmy Battles the Barons

Democrat Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Congress appear to be headed for collision. Chief issue: determined to balance the budget by the end of his first term, Carter, the fiscal conservative, is clipping away at congressional spending.

The more liberal Congress is on the verge of passing three bills that could exceed his spending plans by $3.5 billion—and he may well veto one or more of them. Paying no heed to the President's protest that various dams, canals and irrigation projects are too costly and environmentally damaging, the House restored 17 of the...

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