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Lame Duck?



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Over the last months, the congressional majority was insisting on a budget with a spending total of $955 billion ($22 billion over the president’s request), bloated additional “emergency” spending, tax increases, and no funding for the war in Iraq. President Bush stood his ground and it now looks like Congress will be approving $933 billion in spending, with no tax increases, reduced (but still too high) “emergency” money, and funding for Iraq. And, policy riders that drew veto threats have been removed. OMB Director Jim Nussle tell NRO that the majority has come “a long way from where they started and that’s better news than anyone could have expected.” Including me.



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