WASHINGTON - House members last night voted 244 to 188 to approve a $819 billion economic stimulus bill that they had amended to tighten transportation funding requirements for state and local governments.

The lawmakers earlier in the day approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, that would pare down to 90 days the six-month deadline for states to obligate half of their stimulus funds for aviation, highway, rail, and transit projects. Funds not obligated during the 90 days would be redistributed to other states.

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