Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
WASHINGTON The House of Representative late Tuesday on New Year's Day night voted to approve the Senate version of legislation that grants a permanent tax break for members of the middle-class.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma
The vote was 257 to 167. The vote came within 24 hours of the Senate working past the New Year and passing the measure at 2:00 am.
“I'd say let's take the Senate deal, fight another day,”
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma the current only American Indian member of Congress told CNN before the House vote. He predicted the House would pass the bill with a "pretty strong bipartisan majority."
Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, based in Oklahoma, attempted to persuade his fellow Republicans as early as late November to take the deal they ultimately settled on last night.
"I think we ought to take the 98 percent deal right now," he told POLITICO in late November. "It doesn't mean I agree with raising the top 2. I don't."
The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.
“But I think we all recognize this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody,”
commented President Obama, appearing from the White House at 11:20 pm last night.
The bill will raise tax rates for families making more than $450,000 and delay deep across-the-board spending cuts for two months.
The bill also avoids sequestration of federal programs would have had significant negative impacts on American Indian programs in Indian country.
posted January 2, 2013 10:57 am est