Congress Passes Payroll Tax Cut, 'Doc Fix' Deal

Law360, New York (February 17, 2012, 3:19 PM EST) -- In back-to-back votes Friday morning, Congress passed a payroll tax cut deal that includes $21 billion in health care spending, notably by freezing Medicare physician payment rates through December.

The House voted 293 to 132 in favor of the deal, followed immediately by the Senate, which voted 60 to 36. The bill now goes to the White House, and President Obama “looks forward to signing the bill right away," Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday.

Much of the deal's $21 billion in spending comes from...
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