The House today will take up a $410 billion fiscal 2009 omnibus spending package that includes $40.7 billion for transportation infrastructure and $41.5 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The time for passage is tight: on March 6 a continuing resolution that has kept federal agencies in operation since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1 will expire.

The action on the appropriation legislation comes as President Obama is expected to release an overview of his fiscal 2010 budget requests tomorrow.

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