WASHINGTON — The House is expected Thursday to take up an $857 billion tax package that contains neither an extension of the Build America Bond program nor the increased small issuer limit for bank-qualified bonds, both of which expire Dec. 31.

And while a number of House members have voiced strong opposition to the bill, which contains few bond provisions, it is expected to be approved in that chamber. The bill would extend the Bush administration tax cuts for two years and unemployment benefits for 13 months, as well as reinstate the inheritance tax for estates of $5 million or more for individuals.

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