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UPDATE: Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

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Wisconsin's House delegation split their votes. 

Those voting in favor:

  • Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI 02)
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI 04)
  • Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI 07)
  • Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI 08)

Those voting against:

  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI 01)
  • Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI 03)
  • Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI 05)
  • Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI 06)

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has passed legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship.

The Senate approved the $143 billion measure by a bipartisan 60-36 vote. That tally came minutes after the House approved it by a sweeping 293-132 vote.

Obama is expected to sign it into law shortly after returning from a West Coast fundraising swing.

Under Friday's measure, workers would continue to receive a two percentage point increase in their paychecks and people out of work for more than six months would keep jobless benefits averaging about $300 a week. It would also head off a steep cut in reimbursements for physicians who treat Medicare patients.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled House has passed a bill renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barak Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of bipartisanship.

The bill passed Friday, 293-132. The Senate is expected to quickly follow and send the measure to Obama to sign.

Under the bill, workers will continue to receive a two percentage point increase in their paychecks, and people out of work for more than six months will keep jobless benefits averaging about $300 a week. Obama says these steps will aid the fragile recovery from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

The legislation also heads off a steep cut in reimbursements for physicians who treat Medicare patients.

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