It's unlikely the House Banking Committee will approve its chairman's plan to have the housing agencies contribute to the thrift fund rescue, but Fannie Mae isn't taking any chances.

With a vote scheduled Thursday on a plan to shore up the Savings Association Insurance Fund in a new balanced-budget bill, Chairman Jim Leach intends to propose making Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac help pay off long-term bonds used to finance the thrift industry bailout of the late 1980s.

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