The House Ways and Means Committee passed a one-year "patch" for the alternative minimum tax by a vote of 22 to 16, but Republican members said the bill has no chance of becoming law because of its revenue-raising offsets.

The Republicans pointed to comments made last week by Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who is attempting to introduce an amendment that contains an AMT patch without offsets to a House tax extenders bill slated for consideration in the Senate.

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