WASHINGTON - Just two days after the Senate Banking Committee passed legislation to encourage the securization of small-business loans, Rep. Paul Kanjorski stepped up his efforts behind a rival bill in the House.

The Pennsylvania Democrat held the first of two hearings Thursday on his plan to encourage a secondary market for loans that are not now widely securilized. Much broader than other proposals, his plan would include business, commercial, and community development debt and equity investments.

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