WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are considering extending the Treasury Department's federal guaranty program for money market mutual funds, suspending fair value accounting, and raising the deposit insurance limit at banks, in an effort to convince at least 12 members to change their votes on legislation designed to calm the financial markets.

The changes are aimed at House Republicans, two-thirds of whom voted against the bailout bill in its surprising defeat Monday on the House floor. House leaders only need to persuade a dozen lawmakers to change their minds for the legislation to be approved in that chamber.

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