Budget battles

Patrick Crow Washington, D.C. patc@ogjonline.com With great fanfare early each year, a U.S. presidential administration announces its budget for the fiscal year beginning the following Oct. 1. Reporters and lobbyists crowd auditoriums at federal agencies to witness cabinet secretaries make flashy presentations of budgets 8-9 months in the making. The White House's Office of Management and Budget has reviewed each of them, and often requires the agencies to adjust their spending proposals to conform to the administration's priorities. The Clinton OMB, for instance, has ordered agencies to allocate more money for global warming programs. The budgets some...

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