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Republicans muscle tax cut bill through House

(AP) - The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation sought by President Barack Obama to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts through 2012. But the bill also includes a requirement for construction

News 12 Staff

Dec 14, 2011, 12:55 AM

Updated 4,574 days ago

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(AP) - The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation sought by President Barack Obama to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts through 2012. But the bill also includes a requirement for construction of an oil pipeline that has drawn a veto threat.
The vote was 234-193.
The measure now goes to the Senate, where top Democrats strongly oppose the pipeline provision.
The legislation would also renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. And it would head off a threatened 27 percent cut in fees to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
With lawmakers expected to adjourn soon for the year, the partisan showdown is the last of a remarkably quarrelsome year of divided government.


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