WASHINGTON - Congress is delivering in a small way on promises members made earlier this year to provide states and cities with a cash infusion to help them weather the economic slowdown and boost infrastructure spending.

Because this is a tight budget year, Congress will come nowhere close to providing the $55 billion in anti-recession aid sought by city officials and some economists at the beginning of the year and championed by Senate Budget Committee Chairman James Sasser, D-Tenn., among others.

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