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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart ready to resume role of spending 'Slasher'

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When Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) joins the House Appropriations Committee in January, he’ll be reprising an old role. As chairman of the Florida Senate Ways and Means Committee in the 1990s, he earned the nickname “The Slasher” for his efforts to reduce spending. Many of the decisions he made then were unpopular -- but they worked. To force Florida agency heads to really examine...

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