What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : H.R. 2. Tax Reductions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending. (2003 house Roll Call 181)
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H.R. 2. Tax Reductions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending.
house Roll Call 181     May 09, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the few procedural prerogatives afforded to opponents of legislation considered in the House is a motion to recommit. If successful, the recommit motion sends a measure back to the committee with jurisdiction on the issue and is usually accompanied with specific instructions to change the legislation. During debate on legislation to provide $550 billion in tax reductions over eleven years, Congressman Moore (D-KA) motioned to recommit the measure with instructions to delay the tax cuts until the federal budget is balanced. Progressives supported Moore's motion because, in their view, the tax cut legislation contains an excessive amount of tax breaks that benefit wealthy individuals-including provisions to eliminate dividends taxes and reduce the tax rate on income only in excess of $1,171,000-and comparatively few provisions that would benefit low and middle income taxpayers. Additionally, Progressives complained that the tax reductions would deprive the federal budget of funding that would be needed for public education, Social Security, and Medicare. Republicans voted unanimously against the motion to recommit and it was defeated on a nearly party-line vote of 202-218.

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