If the Spending Cap Doesn't Fit, Share It

Fiscal year 2000 begins Oct. 1, and Congress, unwilling to dip into Social Security surpluses, is desperately searching for an additional $20 billion to spend without exceeding the already maxed-out 1997 budget caps. A look at the more elegant proposals:

THE 13TH MONTH Key supporter: PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER How it works: By making the fiscal year longer than a calendar year, Congress can spend up to $16 billion this year and not count it until 2001. Small hitch: Kudos for Caesar-style creativity, but what happens next year, when the bills come in?

IT'S AN EMERGENCY! Key supporter: HOUSE SPEAKER DENNIS...

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