WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Friday indicated to Rep. Dan Rostenkowski that it can pass a bill to extend expiring tax provisions without loading the measure down with extraneous amendments.

Sen. John C. Danforth, D-Mo., told reporters that 66 senators have signed a letter stating they want the expiring provisions -- including the tax exemptions for mortgage revenue bonds and small-issue industrial development bonds -- continued beyond their Dec. 31 expiration date, and those senators will block any attempts to amend such a bill on the Senate floor.

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