Spending Controls

Archive Report

Rebellion Against Huge Federal Budet

Demands From Country to Hold Down Spending

The biggest budget in the peacetime history of the United States, proposed by President Eisenhower for the fiscal year starting next July 1, has stirred up a storm of criticism. Members of Congress report that they are being inundated by demands from constituents for steep cuts in government outlays. A statutory limit on federal spending and other measures to put a tighter rein on expenditures are therefore receiving more serious consideration than at any time since early New Deal days.1

The budget for fiscal 1958 calls for expenditures of $71.8 billion—almost $3 billion more than the total estimated for the present fiscal year. Soon after the budget was submitted to Congress last Jan. 16, Sen. ...

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