- The House passed a massive tax bill Thursday, the first step towards wrapping up its work for the year
- Lawmakers are moving on to the $1.1 trillion federal government spending measure
- The tax bill passed 318-109, with 77 Democrats backing it
Washington (CNN)Congress took the first step in clearing a package of government spending and tax bills Thursday when the House approved a $620 billion tax measure. The bill freezes a controversial Obamacare tax and locks in dozens of popular tax breaks for businesses and low-income families that were set to expire.