What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 763. Birch Bayh Courthouse/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 232)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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S. 763. Birch Bayh Courthouse/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 232     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 name a federal courthouse in Indianapolis after Indiana's former Democratic Senator Birch Evan Bayh (Senator Bayh served in the Senate from 1963 until 1981). The suspension procedure-which is employed more frequently for non-controversial measureslimits the time available for debate, bars amendments, and requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage of the legislation. Although Senators from both parties held Senator Bayh in high esteem and supported renaming the Indianapolis courthouse after their former colleague, 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 excluded 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 pursued 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 Birch Bayh 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, low and middle income families should be the prime beneficiaries of tax breaks 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 two-thirds majority vote and was rejected on a vote of 235-179.

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