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House Votes To Pass 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill

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Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year.

1/1/2013 Related Story: Bill To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Heads To House

Final approval came in the House on New Year's Night. The vote was 257 to 167.

The Senate passed the bill fewer than 24 hours earlier.

The measure raises tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, a victory for Obama.

It also extends expiring unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, prevents a cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and cancels a $900 pay increase due to lawmakers in March.

Another provision is designed to prevent a spike in milk prices.

1/1/2013 Related Story: Oklahoma Senators React To Fiscal Cliff Deal

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