THE WEEK: MAY 7-13

MAY 7-13

NATION

A BALANCED-BUDGET BLUEPRINT

After months of talking about it, Republicans finally announced a plan of bold spending cuts designed to balance the budget by 2002. Senate leaders proposed slashing nearly $1 trillion during the next seven years. A House plan foresaw even deeper cuts: $1.4 trillion worth, the extra trims needed to offset a $350 billion tax cut. The G.O.P. lawmakers said they would chop billions from projected outlays for Medicare and Medicaid, eliminate scores of federal social programs and abolish the Commerce Department. (House Republicans would also ax the Education and Energy departments.) Democrats promptly labeled the proposals unfair...

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