Senate Republicans and Democrats yesterday reached a tentative agreement on a bipartisan housing stimulus bill containing several tax-exempt bond provisions, including $10 billion of additional mortgage revenue bonds for the refinancing of subprime loans and first-time mortgages, as well as permanent relief from the alternative minimum tax for housing bonds.

Housing sources said yesterday that Senate leaders are working on final specifics of the legislation, and could vote on it as soon as today. The sources said the Senate leaders hope to get support from House leaders on the bill, so that it can be approved by both chambers and sent to President Bush within the next few weeks.

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