What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 273. Grand Teton National Park/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 231)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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S. 273. Grand Teton National Park/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 231     Jun 03, 2003
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Officially, the subject of this vote was a motion to suspend House rules and pass a bill that would authorize the secretary of the Interior to acquire 1,406 acres of state lands within the exterior boundaries of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The suspension procedure-which is most often used for non-controversial measures-limits the time available for debate, bars amendments, and requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage of the legislation. Although bipartisan agreement existed on the Grand Teton National Park legislation, Democrats voted in opposition to the measure based on their objections to 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 $400 child tax credit increase contained in the tax package. In an effort to force GOP leaders 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 on the eligibility requirements for the child tax credit. Progressives endorsed the Democratic strategy and voted against the Grand Teton bill based on their opposition to the provision in the tax cut bill which would prevent low-income families from obtaining the $400 child tax credit increase. In the view of Progressives, tax breaks should be targeted to low and middle income families because those taxpayers are in greater need of financial assistance than are wealthy individuals. The motion to suspend House rules failed to garner the necessary twothirds majority vote and the Grand Teton bill was defeated by a 217-198 vote margin.

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