Budget Deal

They said it couldn 't be done

The skeptics had concluded that the House and Senate were so far apart from each other and both so distant from President Reagan's desires that Congress would never be able to agree on spending and revenue goals for fiscal 1984. There were dire predictions that the entire congressional budget process would collapse. Yet last week, amid a lot of partisan rhetoric, both chambers reached agreement on an $859 billion budget resolution that the President was known to oppose.

The long struggle had begun last January, when Reagan...

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