WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote as early as Thursday evening on a bill that would repeal the government's ability to seize and unwind large, failing financial institutions and eliminate a popular mortgage modification program.

The bill, which is designed to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" — automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that will be triggered automatically next year unless a bill is passed — is the first time the GOP has tried to tie that issue with a rollback of the Dodd-Frank Act.

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