What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, Oil & Gas Industry : Energy policy (H.R. 6)/Question of consideration (2007 house Roll Call 37)
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Energy policy (H.R. 6)/Question of consideration
house Roll Call 37     Jan 18, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on a procedural question raised by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to a bill to limit tax benefits for and require royalty payments from the oil and gas industry and use those funds to promote alternative and renewable energies.

The rules for debate for the legislation prohibited amendment (See Roll Call 36), a move that Republicans opposed. Because the rules package denied Republicans the ability to offer amendments, Price demanded what's known as a question of consideration, literally whether the House should take up the measure. The move was largely symbolic and served as a venue for Republicans to register their protest.

The move came amidst a Democratic pushing to enact more than a half dozen pieces of legislation as part of its "100 hours" agenda, aiming to fulfill campaign promises by enacting bills on subjects ranging from a minimum wage hike to student loan interest rate reductions to changes in the way the House handles intelligence oversight. The energy bill was the last measure included in that agenda, and Democrats said that accomplishing all of the bills in the abbreviated timeframe required streamlining the legislative process.

Procedural votes of this nature almost always command near or total party unity, and such was the case with this vote. The parties split unanimously, with all of the Republicans present voting against the moving forward to consider the legislation and all of the Democrats present voting for it. Thus, by a vote of 228-193, the House moved forward with consideration of a bill to limit the federal subsidies for oil and gas companies and instead fund alternative and renewable resources.

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