- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven are among the lawmakers who have voted in favor of extending a massive package of temporary tax breaks through the end of year.

The U.S. Senate approved the last-minute bill Tuesday. It would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 tax returns. Beyond this year, their fate is uncertain.

Heitkamp says Congress needs to work toward reaching long-term solutions “because nail-biting and foot-dragging is no way to legislate.”

The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, who’s expected to sign it.

The 54 tax breaks benefit big corporations, small businesses and individuals. Of particular importance to North Dakotans is the extension of a provision allowing farmers and ranchers to expense the purchase of agricultural equipment.

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