WASHINGTON - The Senate passed an economic stimulus package yesterday, but only after lawmakers removed several provisions, including one that would have raised the private-activity bond volume cap by $10 billion and allowed state and local housing finance agencies to use the extra capacity to help homeowners refinance subprime mortgages.

The package, which was approved by a vote of 81 to 16, is a pared-down version of one passed by the Senate Finance committee last week. The cuts were made after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., failed late Wednesday to garner enough votes to limit debate on that measure and was forced to compromise.

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