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Congress ends bitter tax battle with bill passage

Speaker of the House John Boehner walks from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut extension in Washington February 17, 2012.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaker of the House John Boehner walks from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut extension in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaker of the House John Boehner walks from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut extension in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (L) talks with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as they walk from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut extension in Washington February 17, 2012.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (L) talks with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as they walk from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut extension in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) (L) talks with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as they walk from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut extension in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington February 17, 2012.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (L) walks from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington February 17, 2012.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (L) walks from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (L) walks from the House Chamber after a vote on the payroll tax cut in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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