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December 14th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

Next step is Senate vote after tax deal clears key hurdle

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - Final Senate approval could come as early as Tuesday on the hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders.

The deal cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday, with an 83-15 vote to end Senate debate on the measure, which includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire December 31.

The plan would also extend unemployment benefits for 13 months, cut the payroll tax by 2 percentage points for a year and continue a series of other tax breaks.

Anticipating final Senate approval of the measure, Obama on Monday urged the House to pass it quickly, despite misgivings by some House Democrats about specific provisions in the package.

"I recognize that folks on both sides of the political spectrum are unhappy" with parts of the deal, Obama said, calling it "the nature of compromise." Overall, he said, the measure will help bolster recovery from recession and provide taxpayers with certainty about what they will owe in 2011.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, also heralded the broad support for the measure and warned the House against making any changes to score political points, saying that would kill the deal.

"If the House Democratic leadership decides to make partisan changes, they will ensure that every American taxpayer will see a job-killing tax hike on January 1st," McConnell said in a statement.

Disgruntled House Democrats, however, have warned that they may try to change the deal.

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