What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 5121. Legislative Branch Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate Which Would Jeopardize Passage of an Amendment to Insure Funding for an Investigation into Incidences In Which Wealth Citizens Renounce Their Citizenship to Avoid Paying Taxes. (2002 house Roll Call 319)
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HR 5121. Legislative Branch Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate Which Would Jeopardize Passage of an Amendment to Insure Funding for an Investigation into Incidences In Which Wealth Citizens Renounce Their Citizenship to Avoid Paying Taxes.
house Roll Call 319     Jul 18, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Joint Committee on Taxation had been asked in 1999 to produce a report on the consequences to government revenue of wealthy U.S. citizens renouncing their citizenship to avoid their taxes. But the committee had offered nothing by 2002. Progressives suspected the report was being held up because it contained conclusions Republicans did not like. Moran (D-VA) proposed a novel way to pry the report loose: an amendment to the bill funding Congress for the year that would have cut $590,000 from the Joint Committee's budget until it released the report. In the House, bills are normally considered under a special resolution that sets the rules for debate on that bill only. This "rule" must be passed separately before the bill itself can be considered. The rule for the bill funding Congress failed to protect Moran from a potential procedural point of order that could be brought against his amendment. Progressives disagreed with this part of the rule, because they felt Moran's amendment should be considered on its merits. They voted against the rule, but it passed 219-206, thus allowing the point of order and virtually guaranteeing that Moran's amendment would fail.

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