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Gramm-Rudman Cuts Begin

October 20, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Reagan Administration today began implementing $23 billion in automatic spending cuts in programs ranging from AIDS research to military readiness as President Reagan and Congress continued haggling over ways to reduce the budget deficit.

James C. Miller III, director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced that 10.5% will be withheld from Pentagon programs and 8.5% from non-defense agencies, as each category absorbs half of the reductions required by the Gramm-Rudman law. Miller said that could mean furloughs at the Justice Department, layoffs at the State Department and delays in developing a space station.

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