What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H.R. 1308. Child Tax Credit and Military Tax Breaks/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Low Income Families As Quickly As Possible and Prevent the Inclusion of Additional Tax Breaks for Wealthy Individuals During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate. (2003 house Roll Call 390)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 1308. Child Tax Credit and Military Tax Breaks/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Low Income Families As Quickly As Possible and Prevent the Inclusion of Additional Tax Breaks for Wealthy Individuals During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate.
house Roll Call 390     Jul 17, 2003
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Earlier in the congressional session, a $350 billion tax cut package was enacted which included a provision to increase the child tax credit from $600 to $1000 (the child tax credit is essentially a tax cut for families with children). The final version of the $350 billion tax cut, however, exempted low income families from the child tax credit increase which was contained in the bill. In response, House and Senate Democrats rallied around the child tax credit issue and pursued delaying tactics until Republican leaders agreed to extend the child tax credit increase to low-income families. Republicans leaders eventually agreed to extend the child tax credit to low-income households, but only if additional tax breaks for military families and high-income individuals were included in any child tax credit legislation. Legislation to extend the child tax credit to low-income families and provide additional tax breaks for military families and high-income earners passed both the House and Senate, albeit in different forms, and a conference committee was convened to iron out differences between the two forms of the legislation. On this vote, Representative Michaud (D-ME) motioned to instruct House conferees to insist on the Senate's language during conference committee negotiations. In contrast to the House bill, the Senate's version extended the child tax credit increase to low-income families immediately upon enactment. Additionally, Michaud's motion to instruct would have prevented House conferees from including additional tax breaks for high-income earners in the conference report (the final version of the legislation). Progressives supported the motion to instruct because, in their view, extending the increase in the child tax credit to low-income families as quickly as possible was needed to provide assistance to some of the most impoverished members of society. Progressives also opposed the additional tax breaks for wealthy individuals which were included in the House bill and favored Michaud's effort to prevent the inclusion of those tax breaks from the conference report. Democrats voted unanimously in favor of the motion to instruct but the motion was defeated on a party-line vote of 202-214, thereby failing to obligate House conferees to adopt the Senate's language on the child tax credit legislation during conference committee negotiations.

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