Escape Hatch

With pressure growing on Senator Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) to step down as Finance Committee chairman because of his ethics woes, Republicans may look to a relatively junior member--Utah's Orrin G. Hatch--to take his place. The Senate would normally turn to the panel's No.2 Republican, 71-year-old supply-sider William V. Roth of Delaware. But moderates think he's too ideological on tax matters, and conservatives would never accept John H. Chafee of Rhode Island, who is next in line. That could leave Hatch as a compromise choice.

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