WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration will give top priority to preserving the President's proposed urban empowerment zones and permanent bond extensions when House and Senate conferees meet over the budget package next month, a top White House official said Friday.

"Although we stood back while the bill was being redrafted in the Senate, we intend to be very involved in conference to ensure our priorities are part" of the final bill adopted by Congress, Office of Management and Budget director Leon Panetta said in an interview.

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