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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It was called the Gramm Rudman Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, passed in 1985.
Should Gramm Rudman stay in effect, it will knock that number down to an estimated $102 million, which will allow Head Start to serve only 20,000 more kids in 1990.
I suspect that once we've passed the first year of the administration and have moved to substantive discussion of the problem of the deficit, you will see excise taxes on alcohol, gasoline, tobacco, and a variety of other items in order to comply with Gramm Rudman.