WASHINGTON -- The chances for continuing two popular bond programs past Dec. 31 darkened further yesterday when House Speaker Thomas Foley said he does not expect Congress to take up a bill that would extend those and other expiring tax provisions before adjourning for the year.

"At the present time, there are no plans that I know of to take up the extenders," Re, Foley, D-Wash., said in response to a reporter's question. "[That] could be subject to change, but there is at the moment no plan to do it."

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