WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday 250-169 that would limit regulators' ability to force banks to cut ties with certain businesses despite Democratic fears that it could hamstring the Justice Department's ability to prosecute bankers responsible for the financial crisis.

The legislation by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., stemmed from the Justice Department's Operation Choke Point program, which sought to cut off fraudsters from the financial system.

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