WASHINGTON — House conferees finalizing the regulatory reform bill unexpectedly proposed Tuesday to add sweeping provisions that would greatly expand deposit insurance coverage, but it remained unclear if their Senate counterparts would accept the package.

House representatives are seeking to permanently extend the Transaction Account Guarantee Program, which provides unlimited deposit insurance for zero-interest checking accounts, and permanently increase the general coverage limit to $250,000. The House proposal would also give the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. more flexibility to set risk-based premiums.

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