Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mr. Clinton's Modest Victory

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mr. Clinton's Modest Victory

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On its second try, Congress has sent President Bill Clinton a 1995 budget rescissions bill that the president says he can sign. Too bad.

The revised measure represents something of a victory for Mr. Clinton, who vetoed the first version because of the size of cuts in spending for education, the environment and job training. However, the blows dealt those programs in the new bill, though about half what they were in the first, are still substantial and will inflict serious damage. Ideally, the second rescission bill would not have been enacted or the president would veto it, too.

The $16.4 billion is the largest reduction in the nation's history of funds already appropriated. The revised bill restores half of the $1.4 billion that was taken from education, the environment and job training. Deeper cuts in construction projects and other programs will offset the funds that were restored, keeping the total rescissions almost the same as those in the vetoed bill. …

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