Senate Democrats and Republicans joined together Monday afternoon to advance an $858 billion package of tax cuts and benefits, setting up a political showdown with the House.
As of 5:10 p.m., the vote count was 79-10 to move forward with the package. The overwhelming vote gives the package some momentum as it appears headed to the House, where liberals oppose the measure for extending tax breaks for the rich.
President Obama hailed the Senate vote before it was gaveled closed, stating that it showed the two parties could work together. The Hill
Monday, December 13, 2010
Senators Send Tax Cut and Unemployment Bill On its Way
to the House: