WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell kept hope alive for continued use of mortgage revenue bonds and small-issue industrial development bonds yesterday when he pledged to do all he could to extend those and other expiring tax provisions before Congress adjourns for the year.

Though he did not state definitely whether legislation would be passed to extend the tax breaks, the Maine Democrat said, "I will do everything I can to obtain action on those provisions" this year. He made his remarks during a question-and-answer session following a speech he delivered to the Center for National Policy.

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