"Fiscal cliff" bill sails through House test vote

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 1, 2013 9:50pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to avert the U.S. "fiscal cliff" by canceling most scheduled tax hikes and delaying spending cuts cleared a procedural vote in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin, indicating strong support for final passage in a vote expected later on Tuesday.

The House voted 408-10 to approve a rule allowing for consideration of the fiscal cliff bill that was passed by the Senate early on Tuesday.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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