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Russia: Duma Delays Budget Debate

Moscow, 23 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russia's State Duma today voted to delay considering government plans to sequester budget spending for this year.

Interfax news agency reports that deputies in the communist and nationalist-dominated lower house of the Russian parliament voted 321 for the delay and 11 against. They also voted to drop discussion on the government-proposed sequestration law from today's agenda.

According to the agency, a Duma resolution called the government's performance on the issue "unsatisfactory." Interfax says lawmakers asked the government to provide more information on its proposals to raise more revenues by June 1.

The resolution puts off discussion of the sequester law until June. The Duma is in recess next week.

Under existing budget legislation the Russian government must submit proposals on cutting spending to the State Duma if revenues fall below 90 percent of budgeted levels in a quarter.