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Thought Tony Blair had no influence in Washington? Meet Jerry Lewis, king of the congressional budget. Plus three right-wing horrors of 2004

By Tumbler   February 2005

Tony has a new friend in DC…Tony Blair has a useful new admirer in Washington called Jerry Lewis. No, not the wacky comedian beloved by French cineastes, but the craggy-jawed Californian lifeguard who has just become one of the three or four most powerful people in American government. Over the past 26 years, Lewis has crept slowly up the congressional seniority system, and has now emerged as the new chairman of the house appropriations committee, the place that decides how to spend taxpayers’ money. For the government’s $2 trillion budget, Jerry Lewis is God. He runs what is known as…

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