What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H Res 5. Sense of the House Resolution/Vote Expressing the Sense of the House that the $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut Enacted in 2001 Which Disproportionately Benefits Wealthy Individuals Should Not Be Repealed. (2002 house Roll Call 10)
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H Res 5. Sense of the House Resolution/Vote Expressing the Sense of the House that the $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut Enacted in 2001 Which Disproportionately Benefits Wealthy Individuals Should Not Be Repealed.
house Roll Call 10     Feb 06, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

After Congress passed Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut in 2001, Progressives and many Democrats immediately began talking of partial repeal. The actual package of cuts was temporary and it phased in gradually over the course of a decade. This provided plenty of opportunity for Progressives and other Democrats to repeal pieces of the tax cut along the way. To help protect the tax cut, Weller (R-IL) moved to express the non-binding "sense of the House" that the tax cut should not be suspended or repealed. Earlier, the House had voted to suspend the rules for the day, which meant debate on any matter was limited and a two-thirds vote was required for passage. These special restrictions applied to Weller's "sense of the House" motion as well: without two-thirds support, or 278 votes, the motion would fall. Progressives opposed Weller's motion because they opposed the original 2001 tax cut. Though Weller's motion received majority support, the 235-181 vote fell short of the 278 needed. The motion failed.

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