GUESTS: John Spratt [D-SC] Ranking Member, House Budget Committee Jim Glassman Columnist, The Washington Post Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Washington DC Will Marshall President, Progressive Policy Institute [Democratic think tank] Jerry Lewis R-CA Member, Appropriations Committee Democrats and Republicans averted another government shut-down last Thursday, by agreeing on a 500 billion dollar spending package for the Fiscal Year that began October 1st. Congress is expected to pass the bill tomorrow. Both sides are claiming "victory for the American people" in education, public housing, and a 70 billion dollar budget surplus - the first in three decades. To order transcripts and tapes of this story and others, please call: Toll-Free 1-888-NPR NEWS (1-888-677-6397) International calls: ( 301)883-2178 Or write: NPR Tapes and Transcripts P.O. Box 4370 Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20775-4370 Please include program name, date and subject. Copyrightc National Public Radio, 1998, all rights reserved.