On the heels of the Senate's last-minute fiscal cliff deal, agreement to stave off the harshest and most immediate consequences of the cliff won approval in the House.
The House voted 257-167 for it. President Barack Obama said he would sign the law, the battle over which foreshadowed more fights with Congress over spending.
Passed over the objections of many conservative Republicans, the legislation takes steps toward resolving the combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.
Those cuts were to take effect January 1, but the new bill preserves tax rates as they were at the end of 2012, except for those earning more than $400,000.