WASHINGTON -- The leading House sponsor of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has gathered enough support to discharge the amendment today from consideration by the House Judiciary Committee and force a vote on the House floor early next month, congressional aides said yesterday.

Rep. Charles W. Stenholm, the amendment's author, is expected to announce today or tomorrow that he has secured the 218 signatures needed to set in motion a discharge petition steering the legislation clear of the judiciary committee, where it has been bottled up for years, said Ed Lorenzen, the conngressman's legislative aide. The petition would make a vote on the House floor possible as early as June 8, he said.

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