WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack
Obama's bipartisan tax plan on Monday overwhelmingly passed its
first test in Congress as the Senate agreed to formally begin
debate on the measure.
By a vote of 83 to 15, the measure easily cleared the
60-vote hurdle needed for most legislation to advance in the
100-seat Senate. A final Senate vote on the tax bill is
expected on Tuesday or Wednesday. The House aims to consider
the bill by the end of the week.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan and Kim Dixon; Editing by Jackie
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