WASHINGTON (AP) _ Senate Republicans today pushed through a $792 billion tax cut package that sets up a clear ideological showdown with the White House over how best to make use of mounting government budget surpluses.

``It helps the family and it helps the country,'' said the Senate Finance Committee chairman, Sen. William Roth, R-Del., author of the 10-year plan.

President Clinton has said he would veto any measure that closely resembles the Senate bill or a similar House measure because the tax cuts are too large and endanger the nation's economic well-being.

The vote was 57-43.