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Defection Could Disrupt Tax Bill Conference

Wednesday, 23 May 2001 12:00 AM

Democrats are doing what they can to delay a vote on the bill, bringing up amendment after amendment. The Senate waded through a total of 43 roll call votes on Monday and Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said he hopes to finish voting on the remaining amendments today.

President Bush wants the 11-year, $1.35-trillion tax-cut bill on his desk by Memorial Day, and Lott has raised the possibility that lawmakers may need to stay in town through Saturday to make that happen.

If Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, the consensus is that it may not derail the tax bill, but it could disrupt efforts to form a House-Senate conference - where conservatives hope to mold the tax bill more to Bush's liking. However, such changes could jeopardize the bill when it returns to the Senate for a final vote.

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