WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Committee on the District of Columbia said yesterday that he will push for passage this year of a bill that would authorize a new formula that could increase the federal payment to the district.

But the Senate Appropriations Committee voted yesterday for a payment of $648 million, down $20 million from the level narrowly approved by the House the day before. The panel also voted to require the district to cut $75 million from its fiscal 1995 budget.

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