The House Appropriations Committee yesterday amended its proposal for the spending portion of the economic recovery package, easing a use-it-or-lose-it provision that would have required states to obligate their funds from the stimulus bill within four months.

The committee was poised to vote on the entire bill as amended yesterday evening. It included $30 billion for highway and bridge projects, a combined $8 billion for clean and drinking water state revolving funds, and $1 billion for community development block grants, among other things.

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