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CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) - The hotly contested tax deal reached by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday as at least 60 senators voted to end debate on the measure, according to an unofficial CNN count.
An official final tally was not immediately declared in order to allow voting to continue for senators delayed by winter weather.
Final Senate approval could come as early as Tuesday.
"Americans aren't interested in scapegoats," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. "They're interested in regaining our prosperity. ... And with this bipartisan compromise, we're finally giving these people a voice in this debate."
Disgruntled House Democrats, however, may try to change the deal, one of their leaders warned prior to the vote.
"What form the bill comes to the floor in is something that's under discussion and debate," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Senate "will have an opportunity to work its will, but there will be ... discussions as to the form it takes when it arrives" for the House vote.
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