... passage was a win for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi who took several last minute steps to assuage liberals in her caucus who threatened to torpedo the bill over concerns about lifting the ban on exporting oil in the bill and the lack of a bankruptcy provision in the bill to help fiscally stressed Puerto Rico. She got commitments from congressional leaders and the White House to address the issue early next year.

The vote came as lawmakers were preparing to leave Washington for their holiday break. The Senate plans to clear the bill later Friday after it is joined together with a $620 billion tax cut measure that passed the House -- also on an unexpectedly bipartisan vote -- Thursday.

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