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SENATE REPUBLICANS RENEW FIGHT FOR BROADER HEARINGS

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Senate Republicans renewed their attempt Tuesday to win broader Whitewater hearings, arguing for an inquiry into all Whitewater-related matters since Bill Clinton became president.

Republican Leader Robert Dole accused Democrats of "hiding, rather than disclosing" White-water developments by insisting on narrow hearings to begin next month.Dole said he had "no illusions" that the GOP proposal was headed for defeat later Tuesday on a party-line vote, the same result that befell Republican efforts last week to expand the limited topics chosen by Democrats.

The Republicans want an inquiry into all Whitewater-related matters dating from the start of the Clinton administration in January 1992. This is a compromise from earlier GOP proposals for even broader hearings.

Senate Democrats, and the bipartisan leadership in the House, have agreed that hearings would only look into contacts between White House officials with federal regulators investigating aspects of Whitewater; circumstances surrounding the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster; and the White House's handling of his papers, which might have included Whitewater documents.