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Obama hails Senate tax vote


President Obama made his third trip to the White House briefing room in a week to deliver two minutes of remarks, hailing the Senate's vote to begin debate on the tax deal. At last count, some 80 senators -- Democrats and Republicans -- had voted to proceed on the bill. Eleven senators voted "nay" and only one of those was Republican.

Calling the deal he announced last week a "substantial victory for middle class families," Obama noted the bipartisan support it received in the Senate and urged the House of Representatives to "act quickly on this important matter."