WASHINGTON -- More than 200 House members last week urged Congress's top tax writer to move forward with legislation extending the tax exemption for mortgage revenue bonds and the low-income housing tax credit, which are scheduled to expire Dec. 31.

In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., the biraptisan group of 227 House members said allowing those two tax breaks to expire "would seriously disrupt [those] programs and deny housing opportunities to thousands of needy families."

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