WASHINGTON — Groups representing student loan bond issuers, port authorities, and airports are asking Congress to permanently exempt private-activity bonds from the alternative minimum tax and allow all current PABs to be refinanced to obtain the exemption.

The Airports Council International-North America, Education Finance Council, and American Association of Port Authorities made the request in a two-page letter sent this week to House Ways and Means Committee chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and other congressional leaders.

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