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LINE-ITEM VETO EYED FOR SPENDING BILLS

President Clinton has signed two bills providing funding for highways, housing and veterans affairs, but he has until Saturday to determine whether to exercise his new line-item veto authority on the measures.

The $40.1 billion transportation bill signed Monday provides spending for the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Coast Guard and highways.

Clinton complained that Congress has yet to approve a companion highway bill that contains millions of dollars in federal grants.

The second bill he signed Monday allows for $68.4 billion in spending on environmental, veterans, housing, community development, space and science programs.

The president said he didn't think enough money was set aside for cleanup of toxic sites and meeting international commitments on climate change and ozone depletion.

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