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Budget Chairman Spratt Under Fire Over Deficit He Tried to Cut

Democrats across the U.S. are under fire for enabling out-of-control deficits and for being Washington insiders. The poster child for both attacks may be Representative John Spratt of South Carolina.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Spratt, 67, is the lawmaker in charge of saying no to colleagues’ demands to spend more and tax less. He says his top priority if re-elected is fixing the “wretched condition” of U.S. fiscal affairs by reducing a deficit projected at $1.34 trillion this year.