WASHINGTON -- Rep. Beryl Anthony, who plans to launch a public finance caucus this month, may have to fight an uphill battle to make his group an effective voice for tax-exempt bonds in Congress, Capitol Hill watchersw said last week.

The main obstacle the Arkansas Democrat face is that the reputation of caucuses as repositories of information on various issues has been tarnished by a proliferation of caucuses that do little substantive work, municipal lobbyists said.

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