WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee chairman, five state and local groups, and a Florida official are urging the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to modify their commercial paper and troubled asset purchasing programs to include state and local governments, which are struggling under the current the credit crisis.

Municipalities have an "immediate need for short-term access to cash," Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Pa., said in a letter sent yesterday to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.

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