WASHINGTON Despite a big push to win additional support from Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee, six of the more liberal panel members voted Thursday against a bill to overhaul the mortgage finance system, effectively killing its chances to make it to the chamber floor this year.
The vote was technically a success, with the legislation passing the panel 13 to 9, boosted by the support of six Democrats and seven Republicans. But because it engendered such a split within Democratic ranks, it is highly unlikely Senate leadership will pursue it any further.
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