The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved the District of Columbia's $3.4 billion budget for fiscal 1994, including a federal payment of $630.6 million.

The panel's action clears the way for deliberations on the measure before the full Senate. The House of Representatives earlier in the month approved a similar bill. Following action by the Senate, lawmakers from both sides of Capitol Hill will need to iron out differences in the legislation before it can be sent to President Clinton.

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