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  • Senate Expected to Pass Housing Package Today, But Hurdles Remain

    A massive and controversial housing package moving through Congress passed a final procedural hurdle Thursday, with the Senate voting 84-12 to invoke cloture on the last portion of the bill; the package (HR 3221) appears set to pass a final Senate vote Friday, although a final bill will require negotiation between House and Senate leaders. President Bush has also threatened to veto the bill in its current form, as well.
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  • White House: Time is Running Out on Housing Bill

    A housing bill frozen in the Senate is "running out of time," White House spokesperson Tony Fratto said in a press conference Tuesday. Softening the administration's stance on proposed housing relief legislation set to be at the top of Congress' list after the July 4 break, Fratto said that President Bush wants to see a housing bill "as soon as possible." "The Senate put off a lot of work," he said. "They've been in session for a long time and some very critical pieces of legislation got put off for yet another recess, and now this last session is getting pretty close to the August recess."
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  • Senate Housing Bill Hits Unexpected Snag

    A lone Senator apparently now stands between a $300 billion expansion of the Federal Housing Administration's mortgage insurance program, and a growing number of Republican and Democratic Senators who want to push their version of a housing relief package through the Senate floor as fast as possible.
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