Senate Finance Committee leaders unveiled a tax-extender bill last week that contained several bond provisions, as four lawmakers introduced a separate measure that would expand the usage of industrial development bonds, and conferees from both the House and Senate pushed for another week to negotiate a compromise farm bill.

The tax-extender bill, introduced by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Finance Committee chairman, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the panel's ranking minority member, would extend the qualified zone academy bond program to the end of 2009, add $400 million to the clean renewable energy bond program, and increase individuals' exemption amounts under the alternative minimum tax.

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