WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Phil Gramm and House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach are engaged in an 11th-hour effort to bundle several banking bills and attach them to unrelated, fast-moving legislation that Congress must adopt before adjournment.

While committee spokesmen were vague about which banking bills could be packaged, they said they plan to include legislation that would let banks pay interest on business checking accounts as early as 2002.

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