What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 273, S. 222. Zuni Water and Grand Teton National Park/Protest Vote Against Allowing Consideration of Two Non- Controversial Bills In Response to Republican Refusal to Extend the Recently-Passed Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families. (2003 house Roll Call 244)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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S. 273, S. 222. Zuni Water and Grand Teton National Park/Protest Vote Against Allowing Consideration of Two Non- Controversial Bills In Response to Republican Refusal to Extend the Recently-Passed Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families.
house Roll Call 244     Jun 05, 2003
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Ostensibly, 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 two non-controversial bills; a measure to extend water rights to Zuni Indians and a bill to 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. While bipartisan agreement existed on those two pieces of legislation, Democrats voted in opposition to the measure based on their objections to a child tax credit provision contained in the recentlyadopted $350 billion tax cut package. After the tax cuts were signed into law, Democrats discovered that the eligibility requirements contained in the child tax credit section of that legislation would have prevented low-income families from receiving the $400 child tax credit increase contained in the tax package. In an effort to force action on extending the child tax credit increase to low-income 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 motion to move the previous question based on their opposition to the exclusion of lowincome families from the benefits of the child tax credit increase that was contained in the tax-cut measure. In the view of Progressives, low and middle income families should be the prime recipients of tax cuts; denying the benefit of the child tax credit increase to low-income families, Progressives argued, was unfair because those taxpayers are in greater need of financial assistance than are wealthy individuals. The motion to move the previous question was adopted on a 220-194 vote.

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