Chaos Aplenty, but No Budget

A fragmented House votes down every one of seven plans

Right now, you haven't got the votes out there to pass the Lord's Prayer." So said Wisconsin Democrat Les Aspin last week, ruefully contemplating the spectacle of a sadly divided House of Representatives trying to come up with some kind of budget compromise. In a week of legislative chaos, the House debated seven different budget plans for fiscal 1983 and voted every last one of them down; none came within even 24 votes of passage.

Dismayed by huge deficits of $100 billion or more...

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