The Senate voted 96-to-1 Thursday to approve a compromise spending bill that would raise the caps on government-backed mortgage loans.

A measure in the $94 billion appropriations bill for housing, veterans, and other programs would let the Department of Housing and Urban Development's FHA program insure residential mortgages as large as $197,621 in high-cost areas and $109,032 in the cheapest housing markets. The current limits are $170,362 and $86,317, respectively.

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