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Unformatted text preview: awmakers have enacted bills retaining the Social Security payroll tax cut for a year and renewing a government agency that promotes U.S.
exports. "It's important for Congress to act, not just talk about problems we have but to get things done," said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., a chief
House author of the transportation measure. "We have a bill that will boost this economy," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a sponsor who said the measure would create or save 2.8 million jobs. "We have a bill that is supported by
conservatives and liberals, progressives and moderates. I think this is a great day." All the no votes were cast by
Republicans. The compromise ended up sprinkled with unrelated nuggets dealing with Asian carp, roll-your-own tobacco and federal timber aid.
But its most significant provisions dealt with transportation and student aid. The final transportation measure dropped a provision – which had
drawn an Obama veto threat – that would have forced government approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the
Texas coast. But it contains curbs on...
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