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Clinton Loses Congressional Budget Battle

Sunday, 05 November 2000 12:00 AM

"We have won," a prominent lawmaker told NewsMax.Com.

Looking back on 1995, when the congressional Republicans took a black eye when the impasse with the White House led to a government shutdown, and 1998, when the GOP House members caved in to the president and bought their way out of town only to suffer at the polls, Republicans believe this year they got it right.

"We came close to caving on Monday" of last week, said the well-known congressman. But "people with cooler heads" prevailed.

For months, there has been talk in the media that Mr. Clinton was "holding all the cards" in the budget battle and that the Republicans would end up with the Hobson's choice of either taking the blame for a shutdown or turning off their base by giving in to the White House.

Both were avoided, and the leadership believes this is one time where the sly fox at 1600 Pennsylvania was out-foxed and did not get his way.

The president and the Democrats have created a "poisoned atmosphere" in Washington, opined the GOP solon.

The House leadership had a close call Wednesday when it was learned the Democrats would vote against the 13-day stopgap resolution keeping the government open until November 14. The Democrat plan was to hold a well-publicized news conference at the White House and sandbag the GOP for leaving town before their work was done.

So the leadership called off the vote and vowed to stay in Washington right through Election Day, if necessary. That turned out not to be necessary, however, as the two parties reached a truce on Friday and passed the measure to return on the 14th, thus joining the Senate in hitting the campaign trail.

The House leadership "will not spend the surplus," will not cave in to Mr. Clinton's end-of-the-session demand that amnesty be granted to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, and will see to it that any ergonomics (worker repetitive action) measure that passes does not endanger the survival of small businesses.

After the election, when the votes have been counted, the president loses most of whatever leverage he had. Furthermore, if the Republicans hold their own in Tuesday's election or actually gain seats, as the powerful lawmaker believes will happen, Congress will be in an even stronger position.

"Sometimes you have to think out of the box," he said.

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