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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Vice President Joe Biden to meet House Democrats

Vice President Joe Biden Credit: Sachs/ABACAUSA.COM

The US Vice President Joe Biden will meet with fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives today to discuss the "fiscal cliff" deal that he forged with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, a Democratic aide said.

Biden needed to help sell Senate Democrats on the deal before they joined Republicans at about 2am local time (7am GMT) in approving the measure.

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