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WASHINGTON - The House moved in its second day under Democratic reign toward changing budget rules that allowed deficits to swell with lawmakers' pet projects and President Bush's tax cuts. But the changes sought Friday could bedevil efforts to appease middle-class voters later.
Another rule change would curb past abuses in which GOP leaders held votes open for hours and excluded minority party lawmakers from House-Senate negotiations on the language of final bills sent to the White House for enactment.
Former GOP Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier of California said he supports the reforms but complained that the new rules could easily be sidestepped — and that more extensive reforms once demanded by Democrats had been left out.
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