Congress passed legislation Friday extending the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and the “doc fix” for Medicare physician reimbursements through the remainder of the year.

The House approved the measure by a vote of 239-132, while the Senate quickly passed the legislation by a 60-36 vote, ahead of a congressional recess that starts this weekend. President Obama is expected to sign it into law before the current two-month extension expires at the end of this month.

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