Knotting Policy with Purse Strings: An aid request for El Salvador

An aid request for El Salvador makes Congress touchy and testy

An aid request for El Salvador makes Congress touchy and testy

What does $110 million represent in an $800 billion federal budget? Not much. Yet the Reagan Administration faces a stiff battle as it tries to get Congress to approve that amount of money in increased military aid to El Salvador. The confrontation is not over the relatively insignificant sum; it is over the policy the money sustains. The stakes involved in the outcome are far higher than the dollars would suggest.

The debate revolves around means, not ends. President Reagan favors negotiations between the Salvadoran government and the leftist guerrillas to get...

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