WASHINGTON -- Senate defenders of the $11 billion Superconducting Super Collider appeared likely to throw in the towel yesterday, a day after the House resoundingly voted for the second time this year to kill the energy research project.

"It's clear the House doesn't want to proceed with the project, and in my judgment, it's just a matter of how much you put in the [energy appropriations] bill now to close it out," said David Gwaltney, a Senate Appropriations Committee aide.

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