WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell's decision yesterday to pull the plug on health care reform efforts this year also killed off any hope of enacting a proposal to ease curbs on 501(c)(3) bonds.

The bond provision would have removed the $150 million limit on the amount of tax-exempt bonds that private, nonprofit organizations may have outstanding at one time. It was also designed to put 501(c)(3) bonds more on a par with governmental bonds by removing some of the private-activity restrictions placed on them by the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

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