Sen. Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said he intends to vote against the pension bill when it comes up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, but Democrats will permit a vote on the bill. "I believe that it's a flawed bill because it doesn't include the opportunity to address the crisis in multiemployer pensions," he said. But "we will allow the vote and we'll let the chips fall where they may." Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., will vote against the bill and is "going to try and defeat the bill on the Senate floor," said Jim Manley, a spokesman. Corporate lobbyists are optimistic the Senate will vote to pass the legislation, which would set a corporate bond rate as the benchmark for calculating pension liabilities.