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House overwhelmingly approves 'fiscal cliff' remedy

Cantor voices opposition, but Republicans abandon plan to amend Senate deal

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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.

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