On the eve of a close vote in the House, President Clinton's proposal for a BTU tax seemed destined for change in the Senate. House Democrats appeared to be wavering on the bill after Sens. David Boren (D-Okla.) and John Breaux (D-La.) pledged they would oppose a BTU tax in the Senate finance committee and in the face of intense lobbying by business groups against the tax. Boren introduced a bill to scrap the BTU tax in favor of additional spending cuts, a measure that appeared to lack votes for Senate passage but doomed the BTU tax in the finance committee. The House was expected to vote May 27 on the deficit reduction package, which includes $496...

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