WASHINGTON -- Reports that Rep. Dan Rostenkowski might be indicted on criminal charges this month will probably damage the House Ways and Means Committee's ability to move forward with health care reform legislation, including provisions to ease curbs on tax-exempt bonds, lobbyists said Friday.

But aides to committee members also said the pressure of an imminent indictment could make the Illinois Democrat, who chairs the panel, re-double his efforts to complete work on a bill by the Memorial Day congressional recess, the informal deadline he had already set for his committee to take a final vote on a package.

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