GETTING ALL UNBALANCED

THE G.O.P. JUGGERNAUT SLOWS DOWN AS THE BUDGET AMENDMENT GOES DOWN TO DEFEAT IN THE SENATE

Who says decorum is gone from Capitol Hill? After a week of Senate deliberations that might have been mistaken for a schoolyard rumble as they prepared to vote on their balanced-budget amendment, the members arranged themselves into something like a class picture. All were seated decorously at their antique mahogany desks. As the clerk called their names, each rose separately to announce his or her vote. Republican Hank Brown of Colorado even put his hand over his heart as he said, "Aye." You could almost forget that most of them still had slingshots in their back pockets.

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