23 Dec '11, 3pm

US Congress passes tax break extension

US Congress passes tax break extension

WASHINGTON: Republican leaders bowed to intense pressure Friday and voted to extend a payroll tax holiday for 160 million Americans, handing victory to President Barack Obama after a tense showdown. The deal, which finally sailed unopposed through Senate and the House of Representatives two days before Christmas, allows Obama to end the year on a triumphant note after being thwarted by Republicans for months. With the nation hurtling into the 2012 election year when he will seek a second White House term, House Republicans agreed to back a two-month extension of a two percent payroll tax cut, just days after blocking the measure that emerged as a compromise from the Senate. Their tactics had sparked a torrent of derision from the media, some conservative luminaries and Democrats who eagerly seized a chance to pose as the party of lower taxes, a mantle that Republicans usua...

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