WASHINGTON -- The Clinton Administration should be preparing the fiscal 1996 budget assuming that a constitutional amendment requiting a balanced budget will probably be adopted next year, a congressional aide said yesterday.

The next several budgets prepared by both Congress and the administration should put the budget on "a glide path" to being balanced by fiscal 2002 because it is virtually certain the amendment will be approved, said H. Arthur Sauer, a senior analyst on the House Budget Committee Republican staff.

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