WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying to nail down deals on easing trade sanctions against Cuba and creating a new land conservation program sought by the Clinton administration in hopes of breaking Congress' logjam on its budget work.
Just three days from the Oct. 1 start of fiscal 2001, lawmakers were hoping to push at least one more spending bill through the House on Thursday, providing about $23.6 billion for energy and water projects. So far, only two of the 13 annual spending measures for next year have become law.
The energy bill, however, faces a White House veto threat because it would block the administration from moving toward allowing a seasonal surge in the Missouri River's waters to protect endangered birds and fish.
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