WASHINGTON -- In her first tussle with supporters of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Capitol Hill, Aida Alvarez has emerged slightly bloodied.

By unanimous vote last week, the Senate passed an amendment by Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., and Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., that slashed the regulator's office staffing request from 60 to 45.

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