WASHINGTON - President Bush's proposed $3.1 trillion fiscal 2009 budget calls for a $262 million federal payment be made to the District of Columbia to help finance a variety of services, according to budget documents.

The budget request for fiscal 2009, which begins on Oct. 1, will be considered by Congress over the next several months. However, it is unknown how many of Bush's proposals will be put into action, as the president's tenure enters its final year and a new administration will take the helm in January.

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