House approves budget; funding battle lies ahead
The House narrowly approved a compromise $769.8 billion budget for 1983 that would cut domestic and foreign programs, raise taxes, and boost military spending.
The vote, with 32 Republicans and 55 Democrats defecting from their parties, was 210 to 208. The resolution, with a projected 1983 deficit of $103.9 billion, was sent immediately to the Republican-led Senate, which was expected Tuesday to give it final congressional approval before nightfall. Many Democrats abstained from voting, vowing to fight attempts later to enact the specific legislation needed to put through the spending cuts called for in the budget resolution.