WASHINGTON -- President Clinton late last week signed without comment a $22 billion energy appropriations bill containing $640 million of funding to terminate the Superconducting Super Collider.

Clinton was a vocal supporter of the $11 billion atomic energy research project, but had warned that saving it would be difficult this year in the face of the intensive push in Congress to cut spending. Many Democrats differed with the President over the collider, forcing him to keep a low profile during the congressional debate.

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