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Lawmakers have tentative deal to avert government shutdown
Lawmakers have tentative deal to avert government shutdown

Weary of one last round of brinkmanship before the holidays, Congress reached a tentative deal late Thursday on a $1-trillion spending bill that would avert a government shutdown as both parties continued talks to extend President Obama's payroll tax break for workers.The contours of an agreement on the payroll tax holiday were taking shape as Democrats dropped their demand that a surtax on people making $1 million or more be imposed to pay for the payroll tax cut, which expires Dec.31. It provides an average $1,000 annual benefit for 160 million working Americans.Instead of continuing the payroll tax break for a full year, negotiators were considering a two-month extension as a fallback...

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