US 'fiscal cliff' bill sails through House test vote

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" by cancelling mostscheduled tax hikes and delaying spending cuts cleared a procedural vote in the United States.

House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin, indicating strong support for final passage in a vote expected later on Tuesday.

The House voted 408-10 to approve a rule allowing for consideration of the fiscal cliff bill that was passed by the Senate early on Tuesday.

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