The bill eases portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff."
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post. Westford's representative in the House, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), voted for the measure along with 171 other Democrats and and 85 Republicans. The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Sens. John Kerry, D-MA, and Scott Brown, R-MA, both supported the measure in the Senate. "Just voted for the fiscal cliff bill," Brown said on his Facebook Page at 1:55 a.m on New Year's Day. "Not the full answer but a small step forward. A lot of work next session. Good luck."
During a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington Friday morning, police arrested Marlborough's congressman James McGovern, actor George Clooney and others.
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Press Secretary Michael Mershon told Patch that "He's at the 2nd District station in D.C. He will pay a small fine out of his own pocket and then be released," referring to McGovern. Worcester Magazine said that McGovern has been arrested twice before this incident on similar charges. ______________ U.S. Rep. James McGovern's (D-Worcester) official Twitter feed reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday that he had been arrested along with actor George Clooney during a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C. McGovern was there protesting what Clooney told Congress on Wednesday was a "campaign of murder" perpetrated by the Sudanese government. "Rep. McGovern, George and Nick Clooney have been arrested …