Obama signs fiscal cliff bill into law
President Barack Obama makes a statement alongside Vice President Joe Biden in the White House Briefing Room following the bill's passage by the House. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
January 3rd, 2013
12:35 AM ET

Obama signs fiscal cliff bill into law

President Barack Obama has signed into law the bill to avert the fiscal cliff.

The new law preserves the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 and couples making less than $450,000 per year, and extends unemployment benefits.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday morning and the House passed it Tuesday night.

The White House received a copy of the bill late Wednesday afternoon, a senior administration official told CNN. Obama, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, directed the bill be signed by autopen.

Read the bill (pdf).

How they voted: House | Senate

Is the autopen legal? Read the Justice Department's opinion (pdf).

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    Maybe you need to go live in *toyota country* since you are obviously so miserable here.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jose jalapeno

    Who me?

    January 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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