What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 975. Bankruptcy Reform/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Change Bankruptcy Laws to Reduce Protections for Individual in Debt. (2003 house Roll Call 73)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 975. Bankruptcy Reform/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Change Bankruptcy Laws to Reduce Protections for Individual in Debt.
house Roll Call 73     Mar 19, 2003
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Progressive Result
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Republicans had been trying off and on to change the bankruptcy law since taking back the House in 1995. They felt the laws made it too easy for bankruptcy filers to hide assets under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. They proposed a bill that would move those with more ability to pay into filing under Chapter 13, which opened more assets to confiscation by creditors. Progressives felt the criteria for "ability to pay" were too hard on those who were already struggling to make ends meet, and that the whole bill was a gift to the credit card industry. Progressives had attempted to provide additional protections for alimony and child support payments as part of a larger substitute version of the bill, but that substitute had been voted down. In a second attempt, Jackson-Lee (D-TX) moved to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that only the provisions for alimony and child support be added to the bill. Progressives voted "yes," but the motion was rejected, 150-276.

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