Striker-Replacement Fight Sparks Filibuster

Associated Press

Senate Republicans trying to reverse President Clinton's order protecting striking workers ran headlong into a Democratic filibuster Thursday.

Republicans won the first skirmish in the partisan battle, defeating Democrats' attempt to kill the GOP measure on a 57-42 vote. But the victory margin was shy of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules to stop opponents of a measure from debating it endlessly.

Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) scheduled a vote on ending the debate for Monday.

On Wednesday, Clinton signed an executive order blackballing large federal contractors who permanently replace striking workers. The new measure would stop the Administration from spending any money to enforce Clinton's order.

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