WASHINGTON — After nearly four hours of fierce partisan bickering, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill, 48 to 19, on Wednesday to rein in credit card practices.

The bill is expected to proceed to a House vote next week in which Democrats plan to incorporate modifications requested by the Obama administration. It was unclear how many changes the administration wants, but sources said one provision it wants to add would require card companies to allocate payments first to balances with the highest interest rate (The bill would allow card companies to distribute payments evenly across balances).

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