Goodbye Gridlock, Hello Steamroller

Clinton's budget, motor voter plans move toward congressional approval

Bill Clinton incessantly told voters last fall that he would end gridlock between the White House and Congress. That is one campaign promise he might keep. In early tests, the heavily Democratic majority in the House of Representatives has acted like an Administration steamroller. It easily passed not only a budget resolution embodying Clinton's ideas for tax increases and spending cuts but also the President's plan to spend an extra $16 billion to give an immediate stimulus to the economy. Some conservative Democrats had fought the additional spending as unnecessary, but on the decisive vote they heeded pleas for party unity....

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