January 1st, 2013
11:10 PM ET

House approves fiscal cliff bill

With bipartisan support, the House approved the fiscal cliff bill late Tuesday night after Republicans leaders ultimately decided not to try and tack on an amendment to the Senate version of the legislation.

The package (PDF) puts off budget cuts for two months and preserves Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000. For a timeline of yesterday's action, click here.

The bill now heads to the president's desk for his signature

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  1. Legal Opinion

    Congress needs to be prohibited from adding irrelevant amendments and other language to any bill.
    Let's make it a felony. That might get their attention.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ Legaj Opinion, i agree! Thats S.O.P. And thats what happened to the Obamacare and we are paying the price.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    In my many years i have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress. John Adams.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. johnnycobra

    So this is what I voted Republican for? No spending cuts. I'm going independent as of today!
    You cant trust you're elected officials to do what they were hired to do.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Republicans in the House certainly let us New Yorkers know what they think of us by walking away from the funding for Sandy relief.
    Thank you very much, gents.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hide Behind

    Get a life!
    You constantly seek ways to become indentured to the figurehed that sits in the Presidents Chair and for some strange reason, think that he somehow has the power of Divine Providence over your lives.
    To bring John Adams statement into discussion, without an explanation or knowledge of what his ideas of "divisions of power" were.
    Just throws more power yet into the ones who destroyed a Representative Republic form of government and blinded the ability to discern how slavish they actually are to an Imperial Executive Branch.
    A Branch that has just consolidated the old corruptions of those members in the other two branches under its more powerful and corrupt hands.
    That the so called middle class cannot discern how corrupt their idol is only reinforces their own part in supporting that corruption as they are the major benefactor of that corruption.
    The true middle class by income held is less than 30% of populace and gets to share in 90%. Of nations transferable wealth.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Seamusgirl

      Make no mistake, they ALL would have you indentured servants. I prefer to think of it as a return to the Feudal System and they will not be happy until all of us are serfs. That is REGARDLESS of who holds the Executive Office Chair.

      January 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gallowglass

    Just remember, when you are not suited for any line of work, you become a lawyer or a member of congress. That is why the most feared words an American can hear are: I am from the government and I am here to help you.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Good morning folks.
    This was hardly surprising. It is not as if the Congress was required to scramble to rush military & financial aid to Israel.They would fall over each other to put their thumb print on whatever Tel Aviv faxed them & pronto. This was just Sandy.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ saywhat:
      Greetings and top of the year to you.
      You're right; it's not surprising. After all, what can I do for a congressman if I can't afford to rebuild my city's electrical system and subways after I rebuild my own house? Who am I anyway?

      January 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    What we have seen in the last four years hardly lends credibility to the Imperial Executive Br myth or the President having Divine Power.
    What we have seen and not just in the past four years but the past decade is members of Congress trying to mimic gods on Olympus.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Seamusgirl

    Proof our government is NOT for the people or by the people. They didnt give a rat's intestines what would happen to the American public. They only care about how THEY will be rewarded by their party and sponsers (i mean contributors). Regardless of party, this was an embarrassing moment for the USA. Shame on all of them for putting politics ahead of common sense. There is no such thing as "public servant" any longer.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel Karsh

    I have been critical of Speaker Boenher for his right wing strong positions, but I have softened my view because he had the good sense to vote for the Bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. Thank You. Vice President Biden also helped make the change of some Republican opinions. Let hope you all can maintain your current point of view and work to assist The USA to move forward to assist Congress to take the appropriate actions to vote for future changes in legislation to move The USA forward.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buffalo Cliff

    Congress is slower than lawsuits. Let US reclaim our trillions lost to banksters of the ongoing LIBOR scandal. They ripped US off for trillions, and other citizens from around the world have suffered as well.
    Barclay's Bank has admitted their small role in this international banking scam and has been fined 421 million dollars, so the LIBOR scandal INS'T a "theory".
    The same banks we bailed out devised an ingenious way to rip US off: LIBOR fixing. (if you are ignorant of this, you have no idea the economy)

    January 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    second that.
    @Buffalo Cliff
    News leaked out today is "Govt. colluded with big banks to crush Occupy movement".

    January 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat


    thanks and very warm wishes for the year 2013 to you too.
    We the citizenry no longer seem to matter. You & I are just numbers.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marsha Motzkus

    Listening to the congress and senate trying to find ways to save money made me think about their incomes and "perks".

    January 3, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |