Bush Tries to Block Senate Push to Cut Tax Plan Washington Post (03/20/03) p.A3; Allen, Mike
With the war in Iraq underway, President Bush must now fight to prevent Senate moderates from whittling down his 10-year $726 billion budget proposal. Centrists from both the Republican and Democratic parties are threatening to slice spending in the president's budget from the proposed $726 billion to $350 billion. To get his budget plan through, President Bush will need the support of Senate moderates. To ensure that this happens, Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans and Treasury Secretary John W. Snow are feverishly working around the clock to retain the votes of GOP lawmakers and win the approval of several key Democrats who are considered swing votes.