WASHINGTON -- Rep. E. Clay Shaw, a Florida Republican who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, may emerge as the next congressional champion of tax-exempt bonds, lobbyists said yesterday.

The sources said Shaw is among several top committee Republicans who have been receptive in the past to the idea of easing curbs on tax-exempts. The other GOP names mentioned most often are Bill Thomas of California, Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, and Amo Houghton of New York.

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