WASHINGTON -- Two Senate Finance Committee members introduced legislation last week that would expand the use of tax-exempt small-issue industrial development bonds in communities where military bases are scheduled to be closed.

The legislation by Sen. John B. Breaux, D-La., and Sen. William V. Roth, R-?Del., is designed to ease economic hardships expected to result from the closing of more than 30 bases around the country -- including ones in Louisiana and Delaware -- as recommended by President Bush and a federal commission. Congress is expected to give final approval to the base closings later this year.

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