By Pete Kasperowicz and Josiah Ryan - 02/17/12 06:35 PM EST
Both chambers easily approved the measure.
In the House, the measure was approved in a 293-132 vote that split both parties — 146-91 among Republicans and 147-41 among Democrats.
The Senate acted less than an hour later and approved the bill in a 60-36 vote. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders agreed the bill would not require a 60-vote supermarjority for passage, a move intended to allow more Republicans to vote against the measure. In the end, that procedural maneuver didn't matter.
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