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House approves Republican-backed student loan proposal

WASHINGTON -- The congressional debate over extending a student loan program erupted into another fierce, and sometimes testy, partisan battle in Congress Friday, with Democrats and Republicans angrily accusing each other of exploiting the issue for political gain.

House GOP leaders set aside a Democratic proposal authored by Representative John Tierney that sought to finance the $5.6 billion program extension by stripping some tax breaks for oil and gas companies.

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