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Obama hails US budget deal

Barack Obama has hailed a deal to avoid a "fiscal cliff" of stark tax hikes and spending cuts. The US House of Representatives backed the bill by 257 votes to 167.

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President Obama: 'Let's get this thing done'

The people who are here with me today, the people who are watching at home, they need our leaders in Congress to succeed. They need us to all stay focused on them.

They expect our leaders to succeed on their behalf and so do I, so keep the pressure on over the next twelve hours or so and let's see if we can get this thing done.

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