Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act

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Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1985, that mandated automatic cuts in federal discretionary spending if the government deficit rose above stated target levels. The severity of the cuts was considered draconian and the Act was found largely unconstitutional in 1987. It was replaced by the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990.
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During much of the Clinton administration, the Republican Congress actually forced budget constraint, but once "Dubya" got in the White House, absence of either the Gramm Rudman Hollings Act or other constraint resulted in no more balanced budget or deficit control.