What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : H Res 342. Rules Suspension/Procedural Vote to Suspend House Rules to Allow Privileged Consideration of a Sense of the House Resolution Expressing Support for the $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut Enacted in 2001 Which Disproportionately Benefits Wealthy Individuals. (2002 house Roll Call 8)
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H Res 342. Rules Suspension/Procedural Vote to Suspend House Rules to Allow Privileged Consideration of a Sense of the House Resolution Expressing Support for the $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut Enacted in 2001 Which Disproportionately Benefits Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 8     Feb 06, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Most bills that travel through the House have an accompanying set of rules that govern debate and that must be voted on separately. Sometimes the rules will be suspended, which means no amendments can be offered to the bill, debate is limited, and passage requires two-thirds of the members present. Republicans in the House offered a special bill that suspended the rules for three measures that day. Progressives opposed this suspension because they opposed one of these motions in particular: a measure to express support for the president's tax cut. To them, the suspension of the rules was designed to push through this measure without allowing changes and with little debate. When Hastings (R-WA) moved to order the previous question-a parliamentary maneuver that would end debate and force a vote on the rules suspension resolution-Progressives voted "no" because they did not want to see the resolution come to a vote at all. The motion was passed, 212-204, on a perfect partyline vote, and the suspension of the rules was subsequently passed on a voice (unrecorded) vote.

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