WASHINGTON -- Pressure from Rep. Dan Rostenkowski may have been the single most important reason that Congress permanently extended the tax exemptions for mortgage revenue bonds and small-issue industrial development bonds, municipal lobbyists said yesterday.

The Chicago Democrat had come to believe that mortgage bonds and small-issue IDBs could help cities, including his own, and he listened when members of the House Ways and Means Committee said they were tired of the seemingly never-ending cycle of temporary extensions, those sources said.

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