WASHINGTON — All eyes will be on the U.S. House when it votestoday on an economic package that includes raising the amount ofcredit union deposits that are federally insured and creates a fundthat buys illiquid assets from credit unions and other financialinstitutions.

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The vote is expected to be close and House leaders have saidthat some of the members who opposed a similar measure on Mondayhave said they will change their minds or are considering doing so.The Senate added the deposit insurance provision and a range of taxincentives to the bill it passed on Wednesday night after the Houserejected another version of the measure on Monday.

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The NCUA and lobbyists for credit unions worked hard to gainparity for credit unions with banks on the asset sale provision andon insuring all deposits up to $250,000 through the end of 2009.Today's Wall Street Journal contained an article profilingNAFCU Senior Vice President of Government Affairs B. Dan Berger'slobbying efforts.

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Berger and NAFCU Chairman Brad Beale worked to include aprovision including the NCUA chairman on a list of governmentofficials whom the secretary of treasury is required to consultabout the asset-purchase program, known formally as the TroubledAsset Recovery Program.

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