WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee approved President Clinton's dramatically scaled-down jobs stimulus bill yesterday after narrowly approving an amendment to halve the bill's $400 million in funding for the state wastewater treatment revolving fund program.

The funding for wastewater treatment is the only remnant of $8 billion in infrastructure funding originally contained in the bill that died at the hands of a Senate Republican filibuster last month. Overall, the measure has been sliced to $1.41 billion from the $16.3 billion proposed by Clinton.

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