The House passed a deal to avert an income tax rate increase on middle-class families on Tuesday night, following a New Year’s Eve vote by the Senate, sending the bill to President Obama for his signature.
House lawmakers voted for the bill by a 257 to 67 margin, after the Senate’s 89 to 8 vote, in a rare New Year’s Day session of a lame-duck Congress (see Senate Approves Post-Midnight Fiscal Cliff Deal, Shifting Pressure to Boehner). Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., worked out the final deal this week following a stalemate in negotiations between Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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