WASHINGTON (AP) _ A typographical error nearly achieved Thursday what Democrats have been unable to do for months: all but eliminate the tax cuts Republicans want to approve this year.

The text of the $1.74 trillion budget for fiscal 2000 that the Senate approved said the GOP's prized 10-year tax cut would be $777,868,000.

That's $778 million.

The final three zeroes were missing.

The amount was supposed to be $778 billion.

A 10-year, $778 million tax cut would amount to $78 million a year. With 126 million individual income tax returns expected this year, that would amount to an annual tax cut for each of 62 cents.

Aides caught the error and the Senate corrected it by voice vote shortly before the overall budget was approved.