The House approved a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax rates on Wednesday night, with 19 Democrats joining all but one Republican.

With lawmakers about to leave Washington for a five-week recess, the House action amounts to little more than a campaign message. Both parties have jumped headfirst into the tax debate, a confidence reflected in the political votes the Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-led House have taken in consecutive weeks.

Retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson (Ill.) was the Republican who voted “no” in the 256-171 final tally.