WASHINGTON -- The White House is pushing Congress to require state and local governments to kick in a portion of the funding for the new federal housing affordability program in fiscal 1992, a top administration official said recently.

Legislation creating the program last year mandated such cost sharing, which housing lobbyists have said would spur issuance of tax-exempt housing bonds. But the Senate passed a housing appropriations bill in July that would waive that requirement for one year and allow state and local governments to receive program funds in 1992 without having to match them. The House version of the bill retains the match.

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