WASHINGTON - The federal government would end its two-year experiment in direct student lending under a bill approved Thursday by the House Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.

As part of an effort to save $10.2 billion over seven years, the House panel would turn all student lending over to the private sector. That puts the House committee in conflict with its Senate counterpart. The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee voted Tuesday to continue a federal presence in student lending, but limiting the government's share of the market to 20%.

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