What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : H.R. 1528. Tax Filing Changes/Vote on Final Passage of a Bill to Streamline Tax Collection Which Would Weaken Health Protections for Unemployed Workers. (2003 house Roll Call 293)
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H.R. 1528. Tax Filing Changes/Vote on Final Passage of a Bill to Streamline Tax Collection Which Would Weaken Health Protections for Unemployed Workers.
house Roll Call 293     Jun 19, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The subject of this vote was final passage of a bill to streamline the IRS's tax collection system. While widespread agreement existed among lawmakers on the purpose of the legislation, differences arose on a specific provision in the bill which would allow waivers of health protections that have been built into the tax code. One specific waiver contained in the tax filing bill would weaken protections for unemployed workers whose jobs were lost because their employer relocated overseas. Under the "fast-track" trade law implemented in 2002, unemployed workers were to receive a 65% tax credit for the purchase of health insurance if their job loss was caused by foreign competition. The underlying tax filing bill would waive that requirement. While Progressives supported the overall goal of the legislation, they objected to the health insurance waiver and voted against the bill for that reason. Twenty-nine Democrats supported nearly every Republican in supporting the bill to diminish health insurance coverage for unemployed workers and the legislation passed 252-170.

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