What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 5193. Education Tax Deduction/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Allow Public Funding of Private Schools. (2002 house Roll Call 387)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
[POW!]
 
H.R. 5193. Education Tax Deduction/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Allow Public Funding of Private Schools.
house Roll Call 387     Sep 12, 2002
Member's Vote
(progressive
or not)
Progressive Position
Progressive Result
(win or loss)

On this vote, Republicans sought passage of a rule governing debate on a bill which would allow low-income parents to deduct their child's private school education expenses (prior to House floor consideration of legislation, a rule drafted by the House Rules Committee must be adopted). Progressives opposed the rule based on their objections to the underlying legislation. Tax-exemptions for private school expenses, they argued, would essentially transfer taxpayer money to private schools much like a private-school voucher system. In the view of Progressives, taxpayer money should be spent on public schools and not private schools because low-income families rarely can afford a private school education for their children. The rule governing debate was narrowly adopted on a 208-201 vote. Subsequently, GOP leaders pulled the legislation from floor debate because they feared that moderate Republicans would support a Democratic motion to recommit the bill to committee. A motion to recommit, if successful, is usually a deathblow to a piece of legislation.

Y N L
Issue Areas:
Key: Y=Yea, N=Nay, W=Win, L=Loss