What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, Oil & Gas Industry : A procedural vote on a Republican motion to cut off Democratic debate on a Republican attempt to attach comprehensive energy policy legislation backed by the Bush White House to an un-related Internet taxation bill (S. 150). (2004 senate Roll Call 74)
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A procedural vote on a Republican motion to cut off Democratic debate on a Republican attempt to attach comprehensive energy policy legislation backed by the Bush White House to an un-related Internet taxation bill (S. 150).
senate Roll Call 74     Apr 29, 2004
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) had the backing of conservatives when he tried to attach his comprehensive energy policy legislation backed by the Bush White House to an un-related Internet taxation bill (S. 150). He did this after his energy bill was rejected in an earlier vote by progressives as misguided and harmful environmental policy. In frustration, Domenici sought to make a symbolic stand for his energy bill, using S. 150 as the unlikely vehicle for moving his failed legislation. Domenici said his energy bill would enhance energy conservation and research and development and to provide for security and diversity in the U.S. energy supply. But progressives called the bill a polluter's dream, because it would dole out $24 billion in tax subsidies -- with more than two thirds earmarked for coal, oil, gas and nuclear industries - as well as fund a new Alaska oil pipeline and drilling in pristine wilderness areas. Conservatives, who back Domenici's energy bill, rallied behind him, but progressives joined in a lengthy debate (also known as a filibuster) against the Domenici amendment, and Domenici failed to garner the 60 votes that are needed to invoke cloture (shut off debate) and bring a measure to a vote. Domenici's cloture motion received a vote of 55-43, effectively taking his bill off the table for consideration as part of S. 150.

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