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President Obama Signs 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 1105) into Law

On March 11, 2009, the President signed the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act that contains $410 billion in new spending commitments, including $10.2 billion for public transit projects.  This act funds domestic programs through September 30, 2009.  The amounts appropriated for transit fall $106 million short of the levels originally set forth for FY09 in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in August 2005.  However, the appropriation is in addition to the stimulus monies authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Feburary 17, 2009.  The text of the omnibus legislation applicable to the Federal Transit Administration is available at pages 56-67 and 76-83.