SAID WHAT? At a meeting of the Senate Budget Committee, Chairman Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.) crowed that the GOP mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., Victor Ashe, had backed the President's public works spending plan. To which Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Tex.), who considers the plan wasteful, snapped: "Does pimping have no limits? And you tell him I said that." A Gramm aide, calling Ashe an "old, dear friend" of the senator, said a bit tongue-in-cheek that Gramm was "complimenting the mayor's entrepreneurial spirit. He understands that mayors, regardless of party, are hired in part to gather as many federal bucks as possible."
PAUL HOUSTON and MICHAEL ROSS
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