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Senate Republicans block Democrats' housing bill
February 28, 2008 / 10:31 PM / 10 years ago

Senate Republicans block Democrats' housing bill

<p>A foreclosed home in Chicago, January 28, 2008. A Democratic proposal to curb rising home foreclosures by changing bankruptcy law failed a key test vote in the Senate on Thursday. REUTERS/John Gress</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic proposal to curb rising home foreclosures by changing bankruptcy law failed a key test vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

In a largely party-line vote, Republicans blocked the measure from moving ahead, although lawmakers said it may be reconsidered later, possibly with amendments.

As proposed, the bill would let bankruptcy judges erase some mortgage debt; spend more money on fixing abandoned properties and funding debt counseling; and give businesses a tax break. The White House had threatened to veto the bill.

Reporting by Kevin Drawbaugh

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