WASHINGTON - Congress yesterday passed legislation that would transfer $8 billion to the ailing highway trust fund after the federal government warned it would run out of money by the end of the month and states began cutting transportation projects, some of which relied in part on tax-exempt bonds.

The bill, expected to be signed by President Bush, ensures that states will continue to be fully reimbursed with federal money for transportation infrastructure projects through Sept. 30, 2009.

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