WASHINGTON - A leading House opponent of the $11 billion Superconducting Super Collider yesterday predicted that the House would approve an amendment tomorrow to kill collider funding as President Clinton's $347 billion budget package cleared another hurdle in the Senate.

"It will be a close vote, but we are confident" the amendment to strike most of the collider's funding will pass when the energy and water appropriations bill reaches the House floor Thursday, said Joel Shapiro, a legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., the chief sponsor of the amendment.

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