WASHINGTON — House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr. (D-Mass.) said that opponents of the MX missile are within striking range of blocking the weapon in the House this week and that the outcome could be decided by a margin as slim as six votes.
"It's an uphill battle, but it's close," O'Neill, an MX critic, said in a weekend interview.
He said a Democratic head count conducted in the last few days showed "a hard 196" votes against the MX among the 251 majority-party Democrats in the House.
"How the Republicans are going to vote, I really don't know. We have to get some Republican votes; there's no question about that."
Vote Scheduled Tuesday
The House on Monday takes up President Reagan's request to free funds for an additional 21 MX missiles, with a vote scheduled for the next day.