End of The Streak

Facing down Clinton, Republicans contend that gridlock isn't so bad

PRESIDENT CLINTON NO LONGER HAS AN UNDEFEATED record in Congress. A Republican filibuster in the Senate derailed his $16.3 billion economic stimulus plan, which Democrats claim would create 500,000 jobs. Clinton could count on just over 50 votes to bust the filibuster, well short of the 60 required.

The President raged that the Republicans were casting "votes for paralysis." Unfazed, G.O.P. leaders retorted that the spending bill, which steamed through the House last month, was an old-fashioned "tax and spend" bill larded with pork. "The American people are going to look at gridlock as a very favorable thing before too much...

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