What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 586. Making Tax Cuts Permanent/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Make Permanent Tax Cuts Enacted in 2001 Which Heavily Favor Wealthy Individuals. (2002 house Roll Call 101)
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HR 586. Making Tax Cuts Permanent/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Make Permanent Tax Cuts Enacted in 2001 Which Heavily Favor Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 101     Apr 18, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In 2001, the Bush administration had pushed a $1.35 trillion tax cut through Congress, but these cuts expired in 2010. A major goal of House Republicans since then had been to make these cuts permanent, and they proposed such a change in a bill that included an accelerated adoption tax credit and various changes in IRS tax collection procedure to ease the burden on taxpayers. Progressives argued that the tax cuts from 2001 heavily favored the rich, so they opposed this bill to extend them. In the House, most bills are accompanied by a "rule": a set of instructions for the conduct of debate. The rule must be voted on before a bill can be considered, so it is common for opponents of a bill to oppose the rule as well. For this reason, Progressives opposed the rule for the bill to make the tax cuts permanent. Furthermore, Progressives voted "no" when Hastings (R-WA) moved to order the previous question-a way of cutting off debate and calling for a vote on the rule-because they opposed the bill and its rule and so did not want to see either one come to a vote. Despite their opposition, the motion passed 219-206.

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