WASHINGTON -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday approved a revised bill to stiffen federal regulation of the government securities market, ending a stalemate that had held up action on the measure for months.

The bill, passed by unanimous voice vote, is a compromise worked out by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., with officials of the Treasury Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. It may be brought up for a final vote in the full House before the end of the month, one aide said.

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