WASHINGTON -- Key lawmakers in the House and Senate have agreed to most of the provisions of a pending bill that would strengthen the Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation and enforcement of investment advisers.

But the bill, which was passed by the House on Wednesday and must now be approved by the Senate, has little chance of being enacted unless Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Tex., can be persuaded to abandon an attempt to attach two unrelated but controversial housing provisions that would kill the measure, sources say.

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