By PE Politics
on December 17, 2010 8:24 AM

Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation voted early this morning to extend for two years a set of Bush-era tax cuts that had been scheduled to expire on New Year’s Eve.

The bill passed just after midnight by a tally of 277-148, and now heads to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law as early as today.

Though critical of certain provisions in the massive $858 billion package, Reps. Joe Baca, D-Rialto; Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs; Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Darrell Issa, R-Vista; and Jerry Lewis R-Redlands each cast votes in favor of the legislation.

“By passing this bill, Congress will make the holidays a little brighter for every working American — as well as those who are seeking a way to get back to work,”Lewis said. “It is the most important step we can take to help our economy in the coming year.”

The bill also would extend unemployment benefits for 13 months, a provision that helped lure votes from Democrats who complained that package is too generous to the wealthy. Many Democrats argued that the buts should expire for anyone making over $200,000 a year or couples earning over $250,000.

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