WASHINGTON -- A key House lawmaker has introduced legislation to alter proposed Housing and Urban Development Department rules so as not to hamper the ability of private, nonprofit organizations to acquire low-income units under a new program designed to preserve affordable housing.

Once that program gets off the ground, those organizations are expected to issue billions of dollars in tax-exempt bonds to finance their purchases. But implementation has been slow because housing industry officials and lawmakers have been in a tug of war with the department over the regulations it proposed in April.

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