Inching Toward a Policy

Congress and the President push and pull over Central America

"We are better off than we were when we started," said State Department Official William Schneider. "We are crawling back to where we want to be." Sorting through the ambiguities created by a week's worth of arm wrestling with Congress over control of Central American policy, the Administration was able to claim a marginal victory. Lobbyists from the State Department nudged key House and Senate panels toward giving more money and support to El Salvador than many critics had wanted.

Although the House...

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