Washington - A filibuster by Sen. Alfonse D' Amato,R-N.Y., over congressional hearings into the Whitewater controversy put legislation to reauthorize the airport construction grant program into a holding pattern yesterday.

But Senate leaders said they hope to clear the three-year airport grant bill for approval by today or Friday if they can reach a deal with D'Amato to drop the 44 amendments he proposed that would require Congress to hold hearings on President Clinton's involvement in the Arkansas land deal.

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