What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : HR 622. Unemployment Benefits and Economic Stimulus/Vote on a Bill to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits and Provide Numerous Tax Breaks for Businesses. (2002 house Roll Call 38)
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HR 622. Unemployment Benefits and Economic Stimulus/Vote on a Bill to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits and Provide Numerous Tax Breaks for Businesses.
house Roll Call 38     Feb 14, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

House Republicans differed from essentially all other actors on Capitol Hill about how to address the economy's stagnation. They felt a package that both extended unemployment benefits and provided a series of tax breaks to businesses and individuals was the most effective means to help forestall deeper economic problems. Democrats and Senate Republicans agreed with House Republicans about the unemployment benefits, but disliked the tax breaks. Democrats-including Progressives-felt that the tax breaks were too heavily weighted toward business. Moreover, both Democrats and Senate Republicans believed the prospects in the Senate for the tax breaks were dim, so they felt the breaks not be coupled with the unemployment benefits because they did not want to jeopardize passage of the former with the latter. Nonetheless, House Republicans pressed forward with both the unemployment benefits and the tax breaks. Thomas (R-CA) moved to concur with the Senate's version of unemployment extension-an additional 13 weeks of coverage-while adding the tax breaks as well. Progressives opposed the tax breaks, so they voted against the motion. Despite their opposition and the opposition of all but 10 Democrats, the motion passed, 225-199.

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