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Obama: Payroll tax cut 'the right thing'

The US Congress has voted in favour of extending a payroll tax cut until the end of 2012, ending months of debate.

The bill now moves on to President Barack Obama, who has promised to sign it into law.

The deal would extend a payroll tax cut the White House says saves middle-class Americans some $1,000 (£630) a year.

Speaking in Washington state on Friday, Mr Obama thanked Congress for voting in the cuts and "listening to the voices of the American people".

  • 17 Feb 2012
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