WASHINGTON - The Treasury and Housing and Urban Development departments on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would prohibit loan flipping and other predatory lending practices.

At a news conference Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers and HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo recommended a combination of legislative and regulatory actions to protect borrowers from unscrupulous lenders. The proposals were part of a 115-page joint report written by the two agencies after convening a task force in late March to investigate increasing reports of such activities.

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