WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dan Rostenkowski was stymied in his efforts Friday to add an amendment to Superfund legislation that would have let private firms use tax-exempt bonds to clean up and redevelop contaminated industrial sites.

The Illinois Democrat had attempted to offer his amendment during consideration of the legislation by the House Ways and Means Committee, of which he is a member. But Rep. Sam Gibbons, D-Fla., the acting chairman of the panel, told Rostenkowski he would not permit the amendment to be considered because it was not directly relevant to the Superfund bill.

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