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      Senate clears fiscal cliff measure

      The Senate has passed legislation to block the impact of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that make up the fiscal cliff.

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has passed legislation to block the impact of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that make up the fiscal cliff.

      The vote was an overwhelming 89-8 and came well after midnight on New Year's Day.

      A House vote is expected before Wednesday.

      The White House-backed legislation would prevent middle-class taxes from rising, and raise rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.

      It also blocks spending cuts for two months, extends unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, prevents a 27 percent cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and prevents a spike in milk prices.

      A last-minute addition would also prevent a $900 pay raise for members of Congress from taking effect in March.