WASHINGTON -- House Ways and Means Committee members said yesterday that they do not want to draft a tax reduction bill this year, but several senators indicated they would keep their tax cut proposals alive by attaching them to the unemployment benefits bill.

Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., said in a joint press conference yesterday with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Lloyd Bentsen, D-Tex., that he opposes drafting a tax bill before Congress' expected adjournment at Thanksgiving because it would invite a tax-cut "bidding war" between Democracts and Republicans, with possibly disastrous consequences.

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