What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : S 2578. Increasing the Debt Limit/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Increase the Debt Limit and Thereby Saddle Future Generations With Even Higher Debt Payments. (2002 house Roll Call 274)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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S 2578. Increasing the Debt Limit/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Increase the Debt Limit and Thereby Saddle Future Generations With Even Higher Debt Payments.
house Roll Call 274     Jun 27, 2002
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In large part because of the president's $1.35 trillion tax cut of 2001, the federal budget faced increasing deficits in the years ahead. These deficits would increase the public debt beyond the amount specifically authorized by Congress. Exceeding this amount would either put the government in default on its debt or require a partial shutdown of government services. Republicans-who had come to support tax cuts more than a balanced budget-proposed a bill in the House that would increase the debt limit by $450 billion. This promised them enough room to avoid worrying about the size of the debt for years to come. Progressives opposed this increase because they wanted to force Republicans to address the consequences of their tax cuts. In the House, most legislation requires a separate "rule" that establishes the procedural outlines of debate on a bill. The Republican leadership knew that raising the debt limit was unpopular, so they introduced the rule on the debt limit bill as an amendment to a rule for another bill-authorization of the defense department. The defense bill was almost uniformly popular, so this move increased the chances that the debt limit rule would be passed and the debt limit bill itself could be considered. A previous question motion was raised on this amendment-a way of cutting off debate and bringing it to a vote. Progressives voted "no" because they opposed the debt limit increase, opposed its rule, and opposed attaching that rule to the rule for the defense authorization. Even so, the motion passed 221-210, and the amendment to the rule was brought to a vote.

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