What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H.R. 1527. NTSB Reauthorization/Protest Vote Against Passage of a Non-Controversial Bill In Response to Republican Refusal to Extend the Recently-Passed Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families. (2003 house Roll Call 190)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 1527. NTSB Reauthorization/Protest Vote Against Passage of a Non-Controversial Bill In Response to Republican Refusal to Extend the Recently-Passed Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families.
house Roll Call 190     May 15, 2003
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Ostensibly, the subject of this vote was a procedural motion which would allow for House consideration of a bill that would authorize $341 million through 2006 for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and its training academy. Lawmakers, however, were united in their support for the NTSB reauthorization. The straight party-line division on the vote reflected a controversy over a child tax credit provision contained in the $350 billion tax cut package which was recently signed into law by President Bush. The eligibility requirements contained in the child tax credit provision would have prevented low-income families from benefiting from the child credit increase from $600 to $1000 which was contained in the tax package. In an effort to force Congress to rewrite the $350 billion tax cut package to extend the child tax credit increase to low-income families, House Democrats adopted a strategy of opposing all measures considered on the House floor until GOP leaders scheduled a vote to change the eligibility requirements for the child tax credit. Progressives endorsed the Democratic strategy and voted against the NTSB reauthorization and other noncontroversial measures to demonstrate opposition to the exemption contained in the GOP-tax cut bill which would prevent low-income families from benefiting from the child tax credit increase. In the view of Progressives, tax breaks should be targeted to low and middle income families because those individuals are most in need of financial assistance. Despite unanimous opposition from Democrats, the procedural motion to allow debate on the NTSB reauthorization was adopted on a 220-205 vote.

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