The coalition pressing for legislation that would limit lender liability under two antipollution laws still hopes it will succeed this year, even though Congress plans to spend less than a month in town when it returns from its recess.

"We're trying to get agreement on language that would encourage banks and thrifts to lend, rather than language that puts a stick over them," said Alfred Pollard, director of government relations for the Savings and community bankers of America.

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