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November 21, 1981
Home at my desk most of the day cleaning up odds & ends. The House, Sen. Conf. committee is slugging it out on the “Continuing Resolution” which was to have started at midnight last night. Still no budget of course. Neither house gave us the $8 Bil in cuts we want but the Sen. bill was closest & would have given us about half that. The Dem’s are fighting for less. It seems at 5 P.M. they were about 1⁄2 bil $ apart on the Dem. side. That isn’t enough to justify a veto since I indicated I’d settle for the Sen. version. I’m still waiting to learn what happens. Don Regan home from China—says in 4 days of meetings with all the top people, Taiwan wasn’t mentioned once. Helmut Schmidt called to see if I had any ideas about what to say when he meets Brezhnev tomorrow night. I said to tell him I really mean it about the SS20’s. A rub down & home for the evening.