WASHINGTON - Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, D-Mass., are the names being mentioned most often these days by Capitol Hill observers to fill open seats on the House Ways and Means Committee when House leaders make their selections next month.

This year the rumor mill is working overtime because of an unprecedented number of empty seats: more than one-third of the 36-member panel will not return for the 103d Congress. The House Ways and Means Committee, where tax legislation originates, is one of Washington's most powerful congressional panels.

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