WASHINGTON - At the request of Republican members, House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., has postponed until next month a vote on a bill he is sponsoring that would require credit rating agencies to rate municipal, corporate, and other securities in the same manner and based on the likelihood of repayment alone.

The committee had been scheduled to vote on the bill yesterday but the "Republicans asked for more time and the chairman said yes," one knowledgeable source said yesterday.

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