WASHINGTON — The top lawyer for the House’s tax-writing committee said yesterday that it is a given the Build America Bonds program will be extended beyond its current deadline at the end of 2010 and that there is a strong argument for it to be made permanent as soon as possible.

“I do believe that there will be an extension of BABs, and the only question is when that happens and for what duration,” said John Buckley, majority chief counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee. “There is a good case to be made for the sooner the better, and the longer, if not permanent.”

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