Congress

The truth may have been the first victim of the crime bill Congress passed on Aug. 26. Remember the bitter confrontation between Democrats and Republicans over how much to spend on alleged pork? It turns out that a week before the Senate passed the measure, lawmakers quietly agreed to spend the very money that had sparked their battle. On Aug. 19, the Senate took a break in its anti-crime debate and voted 88-10 for a routine fiscal 1995 spending measure. It included $2.4 billion for nearly all the "wasteful" programs the GOP was maligning--antigang efforts, a juvenile mentoring program, and drug-abuse prevention.

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