WASHINGTON -- House Banking Committee Chairman Henry Gonzalez urged the Federal Reserve yesterday to bar Salomon Brothers Inc. from participating as a primary dealer in Treasury debt auctions until the government completes its inquiry into illegal bidding practices by the firm.

In a letter to Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, the Texas Democrat also called on the Fed to report to the committee within a month on how the Salomon Brothers's scandal has affected the bond market.

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