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House approves Lee bill to modernize the FHA

WASHINGTON -- The House has unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, and Rep. John Adler, D-N.J., aimed at modernizing the Federal Housing Administration.

"This bipartisan legislation implements a number of smart, common-sense reforms that will help responsible borrowers gain access to safe, affordable mortgages," Lee said. "We cannot keep the dream of homeownership within reach of working families unless we have an FHA that works better."

The bill heightens oversight of lenders that offer FHA-insured loans, boosts the agency's staff and technology, and provides the federal housing secretary the authority to work to minimize foreclosures on FHA loans.

Lee and Adler are colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the FHA.

They introduced the bill in July, and it quickly moved toward passage.

"This is the kind of bipartisanship people expect of us," Adler said.

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> COMMUNICATION

Niagara University launches Twitter page

LEWISTON -- Niagara University Public Relations Office officially launched a Twitter page Tuesday.

The page can be found online at http://twitter.com/NiagaraUPR.

The page opened as the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, Niagara University president, welcomed faculty members from Hokkaido Information University in Japan to the Lewiston campus and even provided pictures of the group's visit.

Visitors can join, log in and comment.