WASHINGTON - After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Rep. Marge Roukema is expected to introduce on Tuesday a comprehensive plan to rescue the thrift insurance fund and eliminate the savings and loan charter.

The New Jersey Republican's bill mirrors closely what House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach is trying to accomplish through budget legislation. Rep. Roukema's measure is essentially a backup plan: If the budget bill falls apart, then a thrift fund fix can be accomplished through stand-alone legislation.

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