What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 586. Making Tax Cuts Permanent/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Make Permanent Tax Cuts Enacted in 2001 Which Heavily Favor Wealthy Individuals. (2002 house Roll Call 102)
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HR 586. Making Tax Cuts Permanent/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Make Permanent Tax Cuts Enacted in 2001 Which Heavily Favor Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 102     Apr 18, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans passed a $1.35 trillion tax cut in 2001 that had a 2010 expiration date. Republicans wanted to eliminate that expiration, and they proposed it in a bill that also accelerated an adoption tax credit and made changes to enforcement procedures in the IRS. Progressives opposed making the tax cut permanent because they believed the original cut heavily favored the rich and so should not be extended. House bills usually come with a "rule" that establishes the procedures for debate. Opponents of a bill tend to oppose the rule as well, because the bill cannot be considered if its rule is voted down. For this reason, Progressives voted against the tax cut bill's rule. But despite being joined in opposition by all other Democrats, they were outnumbered: the rule passed, 218-205.

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