Conflict Bill Introduced in House

The Senate's compromise conflict diamond bill has been introduced in the House. Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio) recently replaced his original "Clean Diamonds Act" with the compromise legislation that has the support of both the industry and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Co-sponsors include Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.). The bill's proponents are upbeat about its prospects. "It's just a matter of the clock now," says Hall spokeswoman Deborah DeYoung, noting that the goal is to pass the bill by the end of the year. The ultimate arbiter will be the Bush administration, but Hall's office is "cautiously optimistic" it can win support from that quarter, DeYoung says. Hall seems to be on good terms with the administration: He recently co-sponsored its "faith-based" initiative in the House. Matt Runci, head of Jewelers of America's
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