`Diplomatic Disarmament' Is Coming To An End

The State Dept. may get more money, and business is cheering

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright has run a dogged campaign to rebuild the foreign affairs budget--and it looks like she's winning. While policymakers are slashing nondefense discretionary spending by $58 billion through 2002, President Clinton is giving Albright a boost. He says that her bailiwick is a top priority for increased spending to reverse a 20% decline from the 1980s average. An official in the Administration believes there's enough money to do that.

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