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Washington Outlook: Capital Wrapup

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President Clinton expects Congress to approve the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade, but he's taking no chances. The White House has deployed 35 staffers from the Treasury, Commerce Dept., and U.S. Trade Representative's office to twist the arms of wavering lawmakers. Cabinet officers will write op-ed pieces and promote the pact at special events. And pro-GATT companies will be recruited, but not for a leading role. The Clintonites fear a repeat of the disorganized campaign for NAFTA that business spearheaded last year. This time, the White House is forming a more diverse and politically savvy coalition, including the conservative Heritage Foundation, GOP Presidential aspirant Jack Kemp, and the liberal Consumers Union.EDITED BY OWEN ULLMANN


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