WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Thomas Foley said yesterday that he was open to a proposal by conservative Democrats to add spending caps on entitlement programs to the budget package, despite the Clinton administration's strong opposition.

Despite some reservations about the cap, the Washington State Democrat said some concession to the House's 50-member Conservative Democratic Forum, led by Rep. Charles Stenholm, D-Tex., may be necessary to assure passage of the $343 billion tax and spending cut bill when it reaches the House floor next week.

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