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In the first congressional attempt to block President Clinton's use of the line-item veto, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to overturn his elimination of 38 military construction projects.

The 69-30 vote exceeded the two-thirds majority the Senate needs to roll back Clinton's line-item vetoes.

A $2.1 million appropriation for construction of a training facility at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base was among projects vetoed.

But the outcome is less certain in the House, where Republican leaders have been reluctant to be viewed as opposing a power they just granted the president. Top aides said there were no plans for the House to even consider the measure before adjournment next month, though it could come up next year.

Clinton has stirred up a hornet's nest in Congress by casting 63 line-item vetoes against six bills, mostly affecting defense projects. The power, which he received only this year, allows the president to kill individual items in bills that otherwise become law.

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