When Reagan and Congress Collide

An ungainly tax reform bill and deficit reduction are at issue

While President Reagan was having a high old time these past few months, boldly collaring international hijackers and jousting at the summit with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Congress was letting its work pile up. Now the unfinished business of Capitol Hill awaits Reagan like a sinkful of dishes at the end of a party. After months of querulous debate over tax reform and deficit reduction, Congress must finally sort things out before heading home for Christmas.

At stake in the House this week will be the fate of tax reform, described several times by Reagan as his "No. 1" domestic priority....

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