House and Senate appropriators approved more funds for a foreclosure mitigation program and included another short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program in a spending bill expected to pass this week.

The combined Transportation, Housing and Agriculture "minibus" appropriations bills for fiscal year 2012 provide $80 million for housing counselors to assist struggling homeowners facing possible foreclosure. In full-year 2011, Congress approved $67.7 million for foreclosure mitigation programs.

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