Reagan's Big Win

The President's prestige soars with a triumphant budget vote

Ronald Reagan's velvet steamroller smashed through the Democratic House of Representatives last week, flattening opposition to his radical plan to curtail federal spending. As a result, his even more controversial tax-cut proposals stand a good chance of gaining final congressional approval this summer. The President's victory in the House budget fight was decisive: not a single Republican deserted his party, while 63 Democrats abandoned theirs. That gave Reagan a 77-vote margin in the 253-176 roll call, on which a Reagan-endorsed budget proposal replaced a...

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