WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia Council has approved a $537 million financing package, including $206 million of bonds, for the long-delayed convention center hotel.

The council's action on Tuesday is "a major victory for the district," because the convention center will get a 1,167-room Marriott Marquis Hotel across the street and the district will not violate its debt limit, Washington Convention Center Authority chief financial officer Henry Mosley said yesterday.

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