WASHINGTON - The indictment of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski and the impending hiatus in his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee may harm the efforts of municipal bond supporters to persuade Congress to ease curbs on tax-exempt bonds, municipal lobbyists said yesterday.

Their comments came after the Illinois Democrat, who has chaired the Ways and Means Committee for more than a decade, was charged in a 17-count indictment that includes allegations of conspiracy to violate federal laws, embezzlement of government property, mail fraud, and obstruction of justice.

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