THE BUDGET: Who Cut What?

With Congress gone home for the year, the great Battle of the Budget was over, the last ax blow struck, the last oratorical volley fired. But a postbattle skirmish broke out last week as President Eisenhower disputed congressional estimates of how much Capitol Hill really cut from his hacked-at 1958 budget.

According to Virginia's never-say-buy Senator Harry Byrd, Congress whacked $6.5 billion off Ike's original spending-authority request of $73.3 billion. Texas' Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson put the total at $5.9 billion. By the House Appropriations Committee's reckoning, it came to $4.9 billion. At his press conference, the President dismissed...

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