WASHINGTON - Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., pledged to be an "unwavering advocate" on behalf of municipal issuers Friday and said he would work with other lawmakers to draft legislation or prod federal agencies to provide assistance to the muni market with the aim of luring investors back to it.

The freshman congressman and former chairman of gilt-edged Fairfax County, Va., told issuer officials gathered here for the Government Finance Officers Association's winter meeting that he will seek some form of federal backstop or guarantee for municipal paper.

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