What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 222. Zuni Water Rights/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 230)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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S. 222. Zuni Water Rights/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 230     Jun 03, 2003
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Ostensibly, the subject of this vote was a motion to suspend House rules and pass a bill that would approve a water rights agreement between the Zuni Indian tribe and non-Indian communities in Arizona. The suspension procedure-which is usually reserved for non-controversial measures-limits the time available for debate, bars amendments to the legislation, and requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage of the legislation. Lawmakers, however, were united in their support for Zuni water rights. Democratic opposition to the bill reflected a controversy over a child tax credit provision contained in the recently-adopted $350 billion tax cut package. The eligibility requirements contained in the child tax credit provision would have prevented low-income families from obtaining the child tax credit increase from $600 to $1000 which was contained in the tax package. In an effort to force GOP leaders to extend the child tax credit increase to lowincome 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 Zuni water rights bill to demonstrate opposition to the provision in the 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. The motion to suspend the rules failed to attract the necessary two-thirds majority vote and the Zuni water rights bill was therefore defeated on a 224-188 vote.

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