WASHINGTON -- The House yesterday resoundingly rejected a bill to ease tax law curbs on high-speed rail bonds after several members strongly objected to a provision in the measure to institute a new tax reporting requirement for local governments.

The House had attempted to pass the bill on Monday by voice vote as a noncontroversial "suspension" bill, but Rep. Fred Grandy, R-Iowa, demanded a roll-call vote. He and several other Republican lawmakers complained that the reporting requirement would unduly burden localities.

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