WASHINGTON -- Congress was close to final approval yesterday of legislation that would give housing proponents a partial victory in their fight to allow private-activity bonds to be issued in conjunction with the HOME housing affordability program.

The measure, part of a larger bill needed to reauthorize the HOME program, was cleared by the House last week and was expected to come to a vote in the Senate last night as lawmakers rushed to adjourn for the year. President Bush has not said what action he will take on the bill, although housing lobbyists said the expect him to sign it.

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