The Second Time Around

Reagan and Senate Republicans okay a budget, but can it pass?

"We're going to get a budget," exclaimed Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. "We're well on the way." Baker's enthusiasm may have been a trifle premature. Just a week after negotiations between the White House and Congress on the budget for fiscal 1983 had broken down amid partisan squabbling, a new compromise proposal was hastily approved by Ronald Reagan and the Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee. Yet no sooner had the White House and G.O.P. leaders reached that accord than congressional Democrats launched a...

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