THE BUDGET: Savings, Maybe

Putting down his pruning shears, Budget Director Frederick Lawton announced happily that he had cut $580 million in non-defense items off the $36 billion omnibus appropriations act for fiscal 1951. The cut was $30 million more than had been ordered by Congress, which had timorously refused to make its own economies. Director Lawton left himself a big loophole, however. The extra $30 million would be put in reserve, to be doled out to the agencies if they felt a pinch later on.


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