Stamps Of Disapproval

A federal probe into alleged campaign-fund abuses focuses on one of Congress's most influential budget decision makers -- and one of Clinton's most powerful allies

"Your agenda is my agenda," said Dan Rostenkowski when he greeted Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill last week. Coming from the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who will be a key player in shepherding the new President's economic program through Congress next year, that seemed a reassuring pledge. But there may be a problem: TIME has learned that this mainstay of Clinton's legislative strategy could be severely shaken -- if not toppled -- by the results of a criminal investigation into the alleged misuse of Rostenkowski's $1.3 million campaign fund.

Launched 18 months ago by U.S. Attorney...

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