Halfway home: Senate sends tax-rate bill to House

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a reach across party lines, the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to prevent a Jan. 1 income tax increase for millions and to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. A House vote is expected by Thursday. Within moments of the 81-19 Senate vote, President Barack Obama urged the House to follow suit without making any changes – a slap at rebellious liberals working to stiffen the terms of an estate tax provision they characterize as a giveaway to millionaires and billionaires.