Stumbling to a Showdown

A rebellious Congress confronts a stubborn President on the budget

Finally a showdown in the lengthy struggle over the new 1983 federal budget is at hand. With nothing less than the fate of the nation's economy hanging in the balance, key White House aides as well as congressional leaders agree that time is running out in the search for compromise between a stubbornly intransigent President and a suddenly unified but totally unpredictable Congress. This week is the week of decision. Yet there is no certainty whatever that either side will prove capable of reaching one.

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