WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee may add to its urban aid package a host of tax-exempt bond provisions that were approved earlier this year as part of the tax bill vetoed by President Bush, the panel's chairman said yesterday.

Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Tex., told reporters that when his committee meets next week to draft an urban aid bill, he will recommend that it include a package of tax simplification proposals passed by the panel in March. Those proposals would, among other things, increase the supply of bank-qualified bonds, loosen restrictions on 501(c)(3) bonds, and ease the arbitrage rebate requirement.

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