WASHINGTON — Democratic legislation that would allow more Americans to refinance their mortgages has stalled in the Senate amid a partisan dispute over whether to allow votes on other housing measures.

The procedural stalemate appears likely to deny President Obama a victory on one of his top economic agenda items for 2012 — which, some Democrats argue, is precisely what Republicans want.

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