WASHINGTON -- A story making the rounds on Capitol Hill shows the depth of the skepticism about the chances for enactment of a second tax bill this year.

During closed-door deliberations on President Clinton's budget and tax plan earlier this month, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., urged fellow Democrats not to offer amendments to the plan. He was trying to move the package quickly through his committee and present Clinton with a political victory.

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