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U.S. President Barack Obama’s $825 billion package to stem the U.S. recession headed toward anticipated passage on Wednesday in a sharply divided House of Representatives.

Most House Republicans were expected to oppose the proposal, saying it needs more tax cuts and less spending, but Democrats were confident that they had the votes to push it through as they seek a final bill for Obama to sign into law by mid-February.

“Some of us have heard the voice of the American people and their call for change” in the November election, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to pass a somewhat more costly version of the proposal, which would force the two chambers to work out differences.

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