Here Comes Gridlock '96

Dug-in liberals and GOP zealots spell election-year paralysis

Citing irreconcilable differences with his Republican foes, President Clinton vetoes appropriations bill after appropriations bill, leaving large chunks of the government to run on fumes. A bitter budget impasse shutters the federal bureaucracy for the longest stretch in history, forcing the Treasury to resort to creative accounting to fund essential arms of government. Voters increasingly dismiss the capital caterwauling as the latest example of Washington's childishness. Actually, there's another way to describe the capital's escalating political brawl: dress rehearsal.

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