Nation: Carter's Strategy on the Budget

Bruised in the past, he is playing it smarter this year

"We are going to see a lot of very close votes and probably a lot of vetoes." So predicted a top economist for the Federal Government last week as Jimmy Carter put the finishing touches on the fiscal 1980 budget that he will submit to Congress on Jan. 22. Budget battles between the White House and Congress are an annual event, but this year the President, Democratic leaders and most Republicans are in rare general agreement. They know that there is a conservative tide...

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