WASHINGTON-A recent decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to spend $110 million to begin construction of the superconducting supercollider is expected to break a political and financial logjam that has stymied advocates of the 53-mile-long laboratory. The lopsided House vote on June 28 (see page 11 for excerpts of that debate) has been greeted by SSC backers as the first tangible commitment by Congress to build the $6 billion accelerator. Although the mammoth project must now clear a similar hurdle in the Senate before any money becomes available, its prospects seem bright.

"Getting funds for construction does three things for us," says Raphael Kasper, associate director of the SSC laboratory in Waxahachie, Tex. "It will make it easier to recruit people, it will facilitate negotiations with foreign governments for their contribution to the project, and it will trigger matching funds from the state of Texas."

The SSC allocation is...

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