President Urged to Hold Budget Line

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Democrats stressed that President Clinton must hold the line on Medicare savings and tax cuts as the White House and Congress search for the "big middle" leading to an agreement to balance the budget. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said on CNN's "Late Edition" that the Senate will start working on its own budget plan if there's no progress before Wednesday. House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) said on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation" that the $135 billion the administration seeks to cut from Medicare over five years seems high.

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