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Clinton may wield line-item ax again

President Clinton has signed a $21 billion spending bill full of energy and water projects that make it a likely target for the line-item veto.

The president has five working days after signing a bill to exercise his line-item authority. He signed the bill Monday on a three-nation trip through South America.The energy and water development appropriations act contains scores of projects Clinton did not seek. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has complained that the measure included $32 million for seven projects not contained in either the original House or Senate bill.

In Alaska alone there is more than $16 million for four Corps of Engineers construction projects that Clinton did not request.