WASHINGTON -- The House Appropriations Committee on Friday approved a $668 million federal payment to the District of Columbia for fiscal 1995 after defeating a Republican-led effort to attach strings to the payment.

Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly claimed victory after the committee's voice vote to approve the district's budget package. The package included a supplemental $21 million increase in the district's $3.4 billion fiscal 1994 budget and a budget of $3.6 billion, including capital spending, for fiscal 1995. The full House is scheduled to vote on the package this Wednesday.

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