The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday passed a tax bill containing $5.4 billion of tax-credit bonds, in addition to several other bond-related provisions, after Republicans failed to add a series of amendments.

The Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008, HR 6049, which was introduced Wednesday by committee chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., was approved by the committee by a vote of 25 to 12.

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