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The Congress last week cleared for President Reagan's signature the 1989 appropriations bill that includes $21.7 billion for the Education Department.

Final Congressional approval of the measure came after the Senate agreed to drop a provision that would have slightly expanded eligibility for federally funded abortions.

The Senate version of HR 4783, which also includes funds for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, had included a provision allowing abortion funding for victims of rape and incest. The House version allowed such aid only when needed to save the life of the mother.

Conferees could not resolve the dispute, which threatened to hold up final passage of the legislation. As a

The Senate initially insisted on its position, by a 46-to-44 vote. However, Senators subsequently agreed on a 47-to-43 vote to drop the abortion

Loye W. Miller has joined those leaving the Education Department, trading his job as spokesman for departing Secretary of Education William J. Bennett for a similar position at the Justice Department.

Mr. Miller assumed his new post as spokesman for Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh last week. Lon Anderson will serve as director of public affairs for the Education Department on an acting basis.

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