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Reagan takes compromise to avert a defeat on MX

President Reagan, facing up to the possibility of a crushing setback to the MX missile program, abandoned his drive Wednesday for full funding and has accepted a compromise that would provide for production of only 15 new missiles, House Republican leader Robert H. Michel said.

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The House was to vote on MX funding Wednesday amid Democratic predictions that opponents have enough support to strip all production money from a $285.7 billion defense authorization bill. Mr. Reagan had been seeking funds for 40 missiles.

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