What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H.R. 7. Charitable Giving Act/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Which Would Create Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving. (2003 house Roll Call 507)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 7. Charitable Giving Act/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Which Would Create Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving.
house Roll Call 507     Sep 17, 2003
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One of the few procedural prerogatives available to minority party members in the House is the motion to recommit. If successful, the motion to recommit sends a measure back to committee and is usually accompanied by instructions to alter the language of the bill. The subject of this vote was a motion to recommit to committee the so-called Charitable Giving Act with instructions to extend the child tax credit to low-income families. While the previously-enacted $350 billion tax cut included a provision to increase the child tax credit from $600 to $1000, the final version of the tax legislation that passed the House did not extend the child tax credit increase to low-income families; only middle and high income households benefited from the increase in the child tax credit. In response, House and Senate Democrats have made numerous attempts to force the child tax credit issue onto Congress's agenda. Progressives voted in favor of the motion to recommit based on their support for extending the child tax credit to low-income families. Conservatives opposed the motion because, in their view, Congress should handle the child tax credit issue in a separate piece of legislation and not debate the child tax credit issue during consideration of the Charitable Giving Act. On a party-line vote of 201-221, the motion to recommit was defeated and the Charitable Giving Act was allowed to proceed in the legislative process without including the child tax credit for low-income families.

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