WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., moved late yesterday to kill $640 million in funds for the $11 billion Superconducting Super Collider, but predicted that the full Senate would vote to defeat his amendment later in the evening.

"We've come to the litmus test. People have the opportunity to put their votes where there mouths are," Bumpers said, reminding senators of the "spending cut fervor" that reigned on the Senate floor during July when it debated the $500 billion budget package.

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