The Nation

The House paved the way for ratification of $11.7 billion in spending cuts made last March under the Gramm-Rudman balanced-budget law but invalidated by the Supreme Court. In a voice vote, the House approved procedures set earlier in the day by the Rules Committee under which a vote can be taken on ratifying the cuts and other actions regarding the deficit law. The March 1 cuts were the first made under the law's five-year plan to balance the federal budget by 1991. The full House is scheduled to act on the legislation today.

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