Washington -- Sen. John B. Breaux, D-La., a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a often, a key mediator between parties on critical tax issues, said he would not seek re-election in 2004.

Breaux was a supporter of President George W. Bush’s sweeping tax cut in 2001, and more recently, worked with the House Ways and Means Committee on the Medicare reform bill — legislation that includes tax-preferred health savings accounts.

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