The House passed a one-year "patch" of the alternative minimum tax with revenue-raising offsets yesterday, while the housing bill stalled in the Senate as members argued over whether to add bond-related and other energy tax-credit provisions to it.

House members voted 233 to 189, largely along party lines, to approve the AMT Relief Act, which was sponsored by Ways and Means Committee chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. But thanks to a threatened veto from the Bush administration and a reluctant Senate, Republicans are arguing its overall prospects are bleak due to the revenue-raising offsets.

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