What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 222, S. 273. Zuni Water and Grand Teton National Park/Protest Vote Against Rules of Debate on 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 245)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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S. 222, S. 273. Zuni Water and Grand Teton National Park/Protest Vote Against Rules of Debate on Two Non- Controversial Bills In Response to Republican Refusal to Extend the Recently-Passed Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families.
house Roll Call 245     Jun 05, 2003
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Officially, this vote pertained to a rule governing debate on two non-controversial pieces of legislation; a bill to extend water rights to Zuni Indians and legislation 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. Prior to House consideration of legislation, a rule drafted by the House Rules Committee-which in effect is an arm of the majority party leadership-must be adopted to set parameters on debate. While bipartisan agreement existed on those two pieces of legislation, Democrats voted against the rule based on their objections to a child tax credit provision contained in the recently-passed $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. To force action on the issue, House Democrats adopted a strategy of opposing all measures considered on the House floor until the child tax credit eligibility requirements were amended. Progressives supported the Democratic strategy and voted against the rule because, in their view, excluding low-income families from the child tax credit increase contained in the tax-cut bill was unfair. In the view of Progressives, low and middle income families should be the prime beneficiaries of tax cuts because those taxpayers are in greater need of financial assistance than are wealthy individuals. The rule governing debate was passed by a 229-175 vote margin.

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