WASHINGTON - Rep. Dan Rostenkowski did a strange thing the other day: He called an open meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee to debate President Clinton's budget and tax package.

The Illinois Democrat's decision to let the public into the May 13 session was extremely unusual: In the 12 years that Rostenkowski has been its chairman, nearly all the panel's bill-drafting sessions have been held in secret.

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