WASHINGTON - The Senate was expected last night to approve a modified $700 billion bailout plan that included more than $2 billion of bond-related tax extensions, renewable energy incentives, and disaster relief, as well as a one-year "patch" to the alternative minimum tax.

The vote could not come any sooner for California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who warned yesterday that Congress' inability to get an economic rescue package enacted into law was jeopardizing the state's ability to issue bonds for its basic infrastructure needs.

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