U.S. Congress passes Fiscal Cliff bill

The House of Representatives voted 257-167 to approve the Senate bill avoiding the “fiscal cliff”.

The GOP leadership ultimately allowed a vote on the bill without any amendments after a day where Republicans expressed anger at the deal. A majority of the Republicans voted against it, but there were enough Republicans who joined the Democrats in passing the bill.

U S Congress passes Fiscal Cliff bill

From CNN:

With bipartisan support, the House approved the fiscal cliff bill late Tuesday night after Republican leaders ultimately decided not to try and tack on an amendment to the Senate version of the legislation, which passed around 2 a.m. ET Tuesday morning.

The package (PDF) puts off budget cuts for two months and preserves Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000.

The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. Check back here for the latest updates.

House Speaker John Boehner voted YES.

Rep. Paul Ryan voted YES.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor voted NO.

GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy voted NO.

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