WASHINGTON - The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday easily passed a housing bill sponsored by chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., which contains several tax-exempt bond provisions, while the Senate was moving slowly toward the possible passage of a housing bill last night.

The Rangel bill, HR 5720, which is broader than the bill pending in the Senate and has the strong support of affordable housing advocates, faced little or no scrutiny as it was approved by a vote of 35-5.

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