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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

"Fiscal Cliff": House Passes Bill, Obama says he will not debate default ceiling

by Calculated Risk on 1/01/2013 11:36:00 PM

From the WaPo: House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ bill

The vote was 257 to 167, with 85 Republicans joining with nearly all of the chamber’s Democrats. President Obama, whose vice president, Joe Biden, crafted the deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was preparing to address the nation.
After the bill passed, President Obama spoke briefly. Mr. Obama said this bill was "just one step", that he is "open to compromise" on the deficit, but that the default ceiling (aka debt ceiling) was off the table (taking a page from Ronald Reagan).