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Congress poised to pass federal ports bill

Congress poised to pass federal ports bill

A bipartisan water transportation bill that would allow Maryland to unload tons of dredging material on Chesapeake Bay islands — an effort that officials say is critical for the port of Baltimore — won broad support in the House of Representatives on Tuesday and is poised for final approval in the Senate.

Despite concerns raised by budget watchdog groups and some environmentalists, the $12 billion measure sailed through the politically rancorous House on a 412-4 vote, all but assuring passage in the Senate this week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation.

If the measure is approved, it would mark the first time in seven years that Congress has...