What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 1162. Child Tax Credit/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families. (2003 senate Roll Call 266)
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S. 1162. Child Tax Credit/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families.
senate Roll Call 266     Jul 09, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Among other changes to the tax code, the 2003 tax cut (H.R. 2) increased the child tax credit from $600 to $1000. That bill, however, did not extend the child tax credit increase to low-income families. In response to the Republicans' exclusion of low-income families from the tax break, Democrats including Progressives made several legislative attempts to extend the tax credit to those families and, at several points, attempted to delay Senate action on other matters until the child tax credit issue could be resolved. In the view of Progressives, the child tax credit should be extended to low-income families; excluding them, they argued, was unfair. However, Republicans, as the majority party, had the votes to override the objections raised by Democrats including Progressives. The subject of this vote was an attempt by Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) to allow consideration of a bill to extend the child tax credit to low-income families. Republican Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) objected to Daschle's proposal and motioned to table (kill) Daschle's motion to proceed to his bill. All fifty-one Republicans voted to defeat Daschle's proposal and the measure fell on a party-line vote of 51-45.

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