WASHINGTON -- In a surprise move, the Senate yesterday approved and sent to President Bush urban aid tax legislation that would make permanent the low-income housing tax credit and the tax exemption for mortgage revenue bonds.

The 67-to-22 vote was a defeat for Senate Republicans, who were hoping to keep the bill from ever reaching Bush's desk. Administration officials and Republican members of Congress have said the President will veto the bill, but Bush himself has not said what action he will take.

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