House Government Reform & Oversight Committee Chairman William F. Clinger Jr., Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown's chief nemesis in Congress, may ultimately save Brown's agency. Clinger, who has accused Brown of illegally profiting from private business deals, is the House GOP point man for dismantling Commerce. But after quiet pleas by Corporate America to streamline--not kill--the agency, Clinger is now inclined to maintain a leaner operation.

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