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The House has just begun debate on the bipartisan fiscal cliff deal struck in the Senate. Lawmakers will debate the bill for the next few hours and are expected to take a roll-call vote on the measure before the end of the night.
"The issues that we are attempting to address tonight with this vote are as important as they are challenging. ... The bill before us is not the grand bargain that I and I think most of my colleagues had hoped that we would have been able to achieve," House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said in one of his last floor speeches before retiring at the end of this Congress. "But what we're doing this evening is a very essential bridge to what I hope will be a comprehensive long-term solution."