WASHINGTON -- It's taken all year, but municipal bond proponents are hoping they finally have an answer to one of the most vexing questions facing them when the 103rd Congress began last January.

The question was, who in Congress was going to follow in the footsteps of Beryl Anthony? The former Arkansas congressman, widely known as the top advocate of municipal finance on the House Ways and Means Committee lost his reelection bid in 1992.

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