WASHINGTON -- The House yesterday neared approval of President Clinton's stripped-down jobs bill with $290 million for the Clean Water Act state revolving funds, while House leaders continued their efforts to round up wavering Democrats' votes for Clinton's deficit reduction package.

While putting the finishing touches on the $931 million jobs bill, only a shadow of Clinton's original $16.3 billion proposal, the House increased the wastewater treatment funding by $90 million at the request of several House Appropriations Committee members.

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