WASHINGTON - The battle to renew funding for the $8.25 billion Superconducting Super Collider project shifts to the Senate floor following the Senate Appropriations Committee's approval last week of a bill containing $550 million in funding for the giant research facility.

Although panel members did not oppose continued funding for the atom smasher being built south of Dallas, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Tex., who heads the Texas congressional delegation's campaign to save the project, said he expects a tough fight when the bill comes upon on the Senate floor in the next two weeks.

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