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Reagan lobbies from afar for new GOP budget plan

The House, its leaders still poles apart, began a second attempt Thursday to pass a 1983 budget, with President Reagan engaged in long-distance lobbying for the conservative version of two partisan alternatives.

House members were being asked to choose between a liberal Democratic plan featuring increased funding for medicare and key social programs and a conservative GOP substitute that would cut social programs to keep the deficit below $100 billion.

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