News Digest June 6-12

NATION

In the biggest retreat he has made so far to achieve passage of his enormous budget package, President Bill Clinton abandoned his complicated $72 million energy tax to placate Senate Democrats who opposed it. Clinton's almost instant capitulation provoked an outcry among Democrats in the House, who had already taken the political risk of voting to approve Clinton's BTU-based energy tax. "I think we've been left hanging out on a plank, and I must say I don't like it," lamented Colorado's Patricia Schroeder. Though the White House still wants some kind of energy tax, it has ceded control over the...

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