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July 7, 2008, 8:25 PM EDT
President Bill Clinton may decide to reject Congress's recently approved 0.9 percent across-the-board reduction in discretionary program accounts as part of Labor-Education-Health and Human Services appropriations. But if he does, Congress will have an opportunity to approach these appropriations from a new direction and find the savings it needs to complete the budget process. It can do so by shifting its focus away from program funding levels and toward object class analysis.