On October 28 the 101st Congress adjourned after passing a deficit reduction package that cut $41.4 billion and left $1.3 trillion in appropriations for fiscal 1991. Which makes the following passage from The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress all the more interesting.

Appropriations Act (HR-32)

An Act Making Appropriations For the Service Of the Present Year

Be it enacted by the Senate, and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, that there be appropriated for the service of the present year, to be paid out of the monies which arise, either from the requisitions heretofore made upon the several States, or from the duties on Impost and Tonnage, the following sums, vizt. a sum not exceeding two hundred and sixteen thousand dollars for defraying the expences of the Civil List under the late and present Government; A sum not exceeding one hundred and thirty seven thousand dollars for defraying the expences of the Department of War; A sum not exceeding one hundred and ninety thousand dollars for discharging the Warrants issued by the late Board of Treasury, and remaining unsatisfied; And a sum not exceeding Ninety six thousand dollars for paying the Pensions to Invalids.

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives

John Adams, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate Approved September the Twenty ninth 1789

Go. Washington President of the United States