News Digest May 16-22


As his budget proposal headed to a House vote, Bill Clinton fended off assaults in Congress from his own party. Fearing an antitax backlash among voters, moderate and conservative House Democrats demanded more spending cuts, in particular caps on Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs. Clinton tried to put down the revolt at a meeting with the House Democratic caucus and the party congressional leadership. "If you'll go out on a limb," he told them, "I'll go out with you." But a more dangerous mutiny began in the Senate, where a bipartisan group led by Democrat David Boren of Oklahoma...

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