What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H. Res. 524, H. Res. 525. Sense of the House Resolutions/Vote Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Enact Republican Welfare Overhaul Bill and Repeal the Estate Tax. (2002 house Roll Call 398)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H. Res. 524, H. Res. 525. Sense of the House Resolutions/Vote Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Enact Republican Welfare Overhaul Bill and Repeal the Estate Tax.
house Roll Call 398     Sep 19, 2002
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Prior to House consideration of a measure, a rule must be adopted to set parameters on debate. Rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee (an arm of the majority party leadership) and usually limit debate, schedule a time for a final vote, and restrict amending activity on a measure. On this vote, Republicans sought passage of a resolution that would express the "sense of the House" that the House and Senate reach agreement on welfare and estate tax legislation (sense of the House resolutions are non-binding and lack the force of law). Progressives opposed the resolution because, in their view, the welfare and estate tax bills would be bad public policies. Progressives opposed provisions in the welfare bill which would impose additional restrictions on welfare benefits and deny all benefits to legal immigrants. Moreover, in the view of Progressives, the estate tax repeal would only serve to benefit wealthy individuals rather than low and middle income taxpayers. The rule passed the House on a 213-200.

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