Contending President Clinton’s balanced budget plan falls short, House Republicans on Wednesday pushed through a resolution asking Clinton to come up with a new proposal.
Democrats accused Republicans of reverting to political one-upmanship and said Republicans should first produce their own budget.
The near party-line, 231-197 vote was another sign that the cooperative spirit espoused by both sides after Clinton unveiled his budget plan a month ago is largely gone.
Republicans denied that the measure was simply a means to embarrass the president. “We want to work with you,” said House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas. “I hope that we could accept this as an invitation and as an encouragement.”
But freshman Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., saw it as a “cynical attempt to make the president look bad.”
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.