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Frank, Brown, Kerry Vote For Fiscal Cliff Deal

The approved bill eases portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff."

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post.

The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167.

Sens. John Kerry, D-MA, and Scott Brown, R-MA, both supported the measure in the Senate.

The entire Mass. delegation voted for the deal, including retiring congressman Barney Frank, D-Newton. He was on WBUR earlier today to speak about the deal.

"The deal that we have is not good from my standpoint, but it's the best we could get," Frank said in an interview with WBUR.

Other representatives, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Malden, Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem, and Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Somerville, each supported the measure.

"Just voted for the fiscal cliff bill," Brown said on his Facebook Page at 1:55 a.m on New Year's Day. "Not the full answer but a small step forward. A lot of work next session. Good luck."

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