What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Outsourcing of American Jobs Overseas : H.R. 3. Surface Transportation/Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions Bill Reauthorizing the Nation's Surface Transportation Laws. (2005 house Roll Call 64)
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H.R. 3. Surface Transportation/Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions Bill Reauthorizing the Nation's Surface Transportation Laws.
house Roll Call 64     Mar 10, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated a motion offered by Brian Higgins (D-NY) to recommit to committee with instructions (send back to committee with instructions to take a specific action; often a last attempt by the opponents of a bill to kill or amend substantively the pending legislation) H.R. 3. H.R. 3 was a bill to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation (highways, etc.) laws. Progressives supported the motion, which they stated would have closed loopholes or tax shelters that permit companies to outsource jobs, thus resulting in an additional $34 billion in revenue for the United States while preserving jobs. That revenue, they contended, could be used to increase federal investment in national infrastructure. Progressives further argued that the President and Senate had both indicated support for providing additional funding for U.S. surface transportation needs. Republicans countered that while the Senate had indeed voted the previous year to authorize the additional $34 billion, that very fact had killed the most recent attempt at passing a highway bill. They hailed the current bill as "a very well-crafted, bipartisan effort[.]" (Don Young (R-AK).) Young continued: "this [motion] would disrupt what I would say is a great chariot that is going to go off on to the horizon and [to] become law." The House defeated the motion by a nearly party-line vote of 190 to 235; thus, the bill went on to a vote on final passage without closing the tax loopholes that make it easier for companies to move jobs offshore.

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