WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dale Bumpers will propose killing funds for the $8.25 billion Superconducting Super Collider contained in a bill scheduled to go to the Senate floor within days, kicking off what observers say could be a close contest over the project's fate.

Hanging in the balance in Congress' increasingly heated battle over the giant atom-smasher are $250 million of lease revenue bonds issued by Texas last year to help finance its $1 billion share of the project.

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