WASHINGTON - The House voted yesterday to pass a massive housing reform package that extends a lifeline to beleaguered mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is laden with tax-exempt bond provisions, including the elimination of the alternative minimum tax for housing bonds.

Lawmakers sped the bill to a vote to ensure that the two government-sponsored enterprises have access to capital. The Senate is expected to receive the bill from the House today and vote on it by the end of the week, Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said.

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