President Bush made several proposals late last week to relieve homeowners from the burden of the imploding mortgage market, just in time to grab Congress's attention as it returns this week from summer recess.

Some of his critics have called his proposals too little too late. But they still could help homeowners if they are passed quickly, now that Congress is back in session. People are worried about their mortgages and the value of their homes as they see mortgage companies going out of business and banks getting tighter with their lending terms.

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