WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee leaders yesterday announced a bipartisan agreement on a tax package that would extend expired tax provisions, patch the alternative minimum tax, provide bond-related incentives for alternative energy, and create new categories of tax-credit and tax-exempt bonds for Midwestern states hit by disasters.

The package, which was put together by Montana Democrat Max Baucus and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, is expected to be voted on by the full Senate this week. If approved by the Senate, it would then have to be reconciled with an extenders bill approved by a vote of 236-189 in the House late Tuesday.

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