The speaker managed to wrangle an up-or-down vote on the Senate compromise and win its passage, averting major tax increases on all Americans.
A last-ditch deal to spare millions of Americans from big tax increases is about to become law after surviving a rebellion from conservative House Republicans who wanted to change the measure.
The House voted 257-167 to send the the bill brokered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden that overwhelmingly passed the Senate in the early hours of New Year's Day to President Barack Obama. Despite conservative opposition, including 'no' votes from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and 149 other Republicans, the measure easily cleared the House with the support of House Speaker John Boehner and the overwhelming majority of House Democrats.
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"Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession," Obama said shortly after the bill passed.