THE WEEK: DECEMBER 24 -30

DECEMBER 24 -30

NATION

PLEASE, DO SOMETHING

Facing growing and angry pressure from furloughed federal workers, shut-out national park tourists, idled federal contractors and frustrated citizens, President Clinton and top congressional leaders met at week's end to try yet again to bridge the balanced-budget impasse. The debacle has shut down huge portions of the Federal Government for an unprecedented two weeks. Both sides expressed optimism that a compromise could be worked out, but negotiations dragged on into the New Year's weekend.

IF NOT BUDGET, THEN DEBT

House Ways and Means chairman Bill Archer sent off a stern letter to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin warning...

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