Tax Package Sails Through House

By a 277 to 148 margin, the House just passed the tax deal that President Obama struck with Republicans, making it a signature away from becoming law. Despite a lot of huffing and puffing among House Democrats, they rejected an amendment to alter the estate tax, and a majority of them ended up voting for the deal. Overall, Democrats voted for the compromise by a 139 to 112 margin and Republicans voted for it by a 138 to 36 margin. If you would have told me in January 2009 that not only would all the Bush tax cuts be extended, but that that more Democrats than Republicans would vote to extend them, I would have said you were insane.

Here is the roll call.