WASHINGTON — Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to the heads of the largest mortgage lenders, urging them to work with troubled homeowners to restructure their loans rather than initiate foreclosure proceedings.

Frank, one of the key lawmakers in pushing the financial rescue plan through Congress over the last month, said in the letter that repeated warnings by lawmakers to the mortgage-servicing industry had so far gone unheeded.

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