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Congress: Tax deal easily clears Senate hurdle

The Boston Globe: “A bipartisan bloc of senators easily propelled President Obama’s tax cut compromise over a key procedural hurdle yesterday, clearing the way for a final Senate vote as early as today, and setting the stage for a potential showdown later this week among divided Democrats in the House.” The final vote was 83-15.

"The Washington Post adds, “Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Senate on Monday to deliver the most significant bipartisan vote since President Obama took office, advancing a plan to extend tax cuts for virtually every American and to boost the economic recovery. The procedural vote could be followed by final Senate passage as early as Tuesday evening. If the bill sails through the Senate, as expected, the last hurdle would be the House, where liberal Democrats remain strongly opposed to continuing President George W. Bush's tax breaks for upper-income households as well as the generous terms of a revived estate tax."

Per NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, the Senate Republicans who voted against the deal were: Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Ensign (R-NV), George Voinovich (R-OH), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Jim DeMint (R-SC).

The Democrats who voted against it: Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Kristin Gilibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mark Udall (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Carl Levin (D-MI).

Both Oregon Democratic senators did not vote: Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.

The New York Times: “Many Democrats had initially reacted furiously to the plan, but the rage seems to have yielded to resignation. Even House Democrats who remain opposed to the deal say they expect it to be approved within days, though they are still weighing plans to force votes on proposals to impose a steeper federal tax on large estates.”

Here are some handy charts on what the bill means based on your income from the Boston Globe.