A Partisan Clash at the Bipartisan Commission

The scene: Room 5110 of the Dirksen Senate Office building. The occasion: the first public meeting of the bipartisan National Commission on Social Security Reform to take place since the President and Senate Budget Committee called for $40 billion in cuts in the system over the next three years. The result: a partisan shouting match, with cameras clicking, that symbolized the tensions evoked by this sensitive issue.

Republican Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania, who is running for a second term this fall, announced that he was tired of hearing that his party was...

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