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Obama In Hawaii, Fiscal Cliff Standoff Behind Him

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US President Barack Obama makes his way to board Air Force One on January 1, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama is returning to Hawaii to continue his vacation which he interrupted to deal with the "fiscal cliff" crisis.  (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes his way to board Air Force One on January 1, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama is returning to Hawaii to continue his vacation which he interrupted to deal with the “fiscal cliff” crisis. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is back in Hawaii for vacation after a tense, end-of-the-new-year standoff with Congress over the fiscal cliff.

The president arrived early Wednesday morning, local time, after an overnight flight aboard Air Force One. He was rejoining his family for a holiday break after having returned to Washington following Christmas to deal with the unfinished business that threatened to throw the economy back into recession.

The House voted late Tuesday night on a package to avoid income tax increases for most Americans, allowing rates to rise on incomes exceeding $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples. The wide-ranging deal, approved by the Senate earlier, delayed for two months billions in budget-wide cuts.

The White House had no immediate update on when Obama would receive and sign the bill.

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