U.S. spending, tax bills clear test vote in U.S. House

December 17, 2015 4:10 PM

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U.S. spending, tax bills clear test vote in U.S. House

WASHINGTON A $1.1 trillion U.S. government spending bill and a companion $680 billion tax break package cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Thursday, indicating likely support for final passage.

The House voted 240-185 on a party-line vote to approve rules for debating the two measures, which together would fund federal government agencies through Sept. 30, 2016, lift a 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports and make permanent several expired temporary tax breaks for businesses and indiv...

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