While few experts seem to agree on what will happen with the federal budget in 1994, nearly everyone says that it will be a busy and contentious year.

"It's going to be nasty," said Bill Hoagland, Republican staff director of the Senate Budget Committee. "There still are a lot of pent-up feelings for further restraints on spending" among Democratic conservatives and Republicans, which puts them at odds with the Clinton Administration and its recent go-slow approach on the deficit, he said.

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