The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation 21 to 15, on party lines, that would let judges cram down primary mortgages to prevent foreclosure under bankruptcy protection. The bill cleared the committee mostly unchanged from a revised version Committee Chairman John Conyers floated early Tuesday.

The bill includes changes sought by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., including one that would let lenders recoup losses if a homeowner sells his home within four years of a bankruptcy cramdown.

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