The lights of the U.S. Capitol remain lit into the night as the House continues to work on the "fiscal cliff" legislation proposed by the Senate, in Washington, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ORG XMIT: DCJM303
John Boehner, Eric Cantor
House Minority Leader Eric Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner arrive for a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill this afternoon.
House debates ‘cliff’ measure; Cantor voices early opposition
Eric CantorHouse Majority Leader
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON — Weary lawmakers in the House voted 257-167 to approve legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts, a New Year's Night culmination of a struggle that tested divided government to the limit.
Passage sends the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature and seals a political triumph less than two months after he won re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. The late-night House vote took place less than 24 hours after Senate action spilled over from New Year's Eve into the pre-dawn hours of 2013.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am.