WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee approved a measure on Wednesday that would increase fivefold, to $3 billion annually, the amount that credit unions may borrow from the federal government's Central Liquidity Facility.

Rep. James T. Walsh, chairman of a key appropriations subcommittee, successfully offered an amendment that would raise the longtime $600 million cap to keep up with the growth of credit unions. It is part of a much larger veterans' housing spending bill that the committee was expected to adopt Wednesday and send soon to the House floor, a committee spokeswoman said.

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