WASHINGTON - President Clinton was optimistic yesterday that the Senate would pass his budget this week, but he warned that saving the Superconducting Super Collider will be difficult because of repeated calls by Texas politicians for additional spending cuts.

"It will not be easy, but I believe the Senate will do it," Clinton said, speaking of his $500 billion deficit reduction plan and the Senate vote scheduled for later this week. He made these and other comments on six radio talk-show interviews airing in Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, and other cities.

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