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COPY-Congress putting together aid package for Minnesota after bridge collapse

Associated Press - August 2, 2007 4:43 PM ET

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are rushing to get aid to Minnesota as it deals with the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

The House Transportation Committee has approved a $250 million aid bill to help replace the span. The bill would waive a $100 million per state limit for federal emergency relief funds.

Earlier, President Bush pledged a "robust" federal effort to help the state deal with the disaster. And Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced a five million dollar grant to help pay for rerouting traffic, clearing debris from the site and repairs.

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