WASHINGTON - Separate plans to rescue the thrift insurance fund were approved in House and Senate budget packages last week, and the banking committees are now preparing to reconcile differences between the two versions.

Both plans call for thrifts to pay a special assessment of 85 cents on each $100 of deposits and for banks to assume $12 billion in payments for long-term bonds to pay off the thrift industry's first bailout in 1987.

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