WASHINGTON - Rural bankers and other Farmer Mac backers got what they wanted Wednesday from the House Agriculture Committee, which unanimously approved a plan to improve the money-losing mortgage securitizer's prospects.

Now their goal is to get the full House and Senate to act on the bill, which gives the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. new powers and temporarily eases capital requirements. Without quick passage the agency may be forced out of business, Farmer Mac officials say.

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