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DEMOCRATS PLEDGE REPEAL

OF OIL ROYALTIES RIDERWASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers have pledged to roll back a change won by the oil industry in the way royalties are collected for oil pumped on federal lands.

At a Capitol Hill news conference, Democrats attacked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, for slipping into an emergency spending bill a measure temporarily blocking the Interior Department from implementing its new rules.

That action could cost the government $66 million in new royalty income annually.

Referring to the deed as ''a robbery of the taxpayer,'' Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said: ''The getaway car was not driven by Bonnie and Clyde, it was driven by Kay Bailey Hutchison and (Rep.) Robert Livingston,'' the Louisiana Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.