Congress Should Hang Tough On Deficit Cuts

As Congress sits down to reconcile its differences over President Clinton's massive five-year budget plan, some discouraging words are being heard. To some, notably Senator John B. Breaux (D-La.), the task of cutting the deficit by $500 billion over five years seems so large, and the political hurdles so high, that the plan ought to be scaled back to just $400 billion. The Administration is resisting, but others in Congress are likely to see a political benefit in pursuing a less ambitious goal.

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