WASHINGTON- The federal government's efforts to bolster mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could result in added support for landmark housing legislation that includes several significant bond provisions, sources said yesterday.

Legislation that would be the vehicle for new regulatory authority over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as proposed by federal officials over the weekend, making it more likely Congress will pass, and President Bush will sign, the measure whose future was previously the subject of a veto threat.

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