The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a key lawmaker's 11th-hour bid to block the comptroller of the currency from further expanding the powers of national banks.

The proposal by Rules Committee Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon, R.-N.Y., would have withheld the pay of government employees who worked on projects relating to expanded powers. The measure, offered as an amendment to the Treasury Department appropriations bill for fiscal 1997, failed on a vote of 312 to 107.

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