government spending

out-of-control government spending will be a hallmark of the bush administration.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government expects to borrow a record $188 billion in the January-March quarter, even more than it anticipated three months ago, the Treasury Department announced Monday.

The total will surpass the old mark of $146 billion set in the first quarter of 2004, a year in which the federal budget deficit hit an all-time high in dollar terms of $413 billion.

After declining last year to $319 billion, this year's deficit is expected to reach $400 billion, according to the Bush administration, which has said part of that increase will reflect higher spending to rebuild New Orleans and other hurricane-damaged areas of the Gulf Coast.