WASHINGTON — As questions have mounted about the legality of thousands of foreclosures across the country, lawmakers have ratcheted up the rhetoric in criticizing lenders and urging them to take actions to help homeowners. But a key issue remains: What will Congress do about it?

Distracted by the midterm elections and facing continuing uncertainty about the extent of the foreclosure problems, it appears — for now at least — that Congress will weigh in only tentatively.

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