WASHINGTON - A rescue of the Small Business Administration loan program is likely to be presented to President Clinton by Oct. 1, after passage of a House bill Tuesday.

Like a package passed by the Senate earlier, the House proposal imposes higher fees on SBA lenders and borrowers and reduces the amount of federal loan guarantees. Congressional staffers said they expect few difficulties in reconciling the two versions; lawmakers are expected to meet within 10 days to craft the final bill.

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