What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H.R. 1474. Digital Checks/Protest Vote Against Allowing Consideration 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 243)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 1474. Digital Checks/Protest Vote Against Allowing Consideration 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 243     Jun 05, 2003
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Officially, the subject of this vote was a motion to move the previous question-thereby ending debate and the possibility of amendment-on a rule governing debate on a bill which would modernize check writing by allowing digital checks to be transmitted over the internet (digital checks are paper reproductions of an original check from an electronically transmitted image). Although bipartisan agreement existed on the legislation to allow digital checks, 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 section of that legislation-which Democrats learned about after the bill was signed into law-would have prevented low-income families from receiving the $400 child tax credit increase contained in the tax package. In a move 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 the child tax credit eligibility requirements were amended. Progressives endorsed the Democratic strategy and voted against the digital checks bill based on their opposition to the exemption for low-income families that was contained in the child tax credit section of the tax bill. In the view of Progressives, tax cuts 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 move the previous question on the digital checks bill was adopted by a vote of 220-198.

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