What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 5708. PAYGO Reduction/Vote to Recommit Bill to Committee As A Way to Hold Republicans Responsible for Revenue Losses Caused by Tax Cuts. (2002 house Roll Call 481)
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H.R. 5708. PAYGO Reduction/Vote to Recommit Bill to Committee As A Way to Hold Republicans Responsible for Revenue Losses Caused by Tax Cuts.
house Roll Call 481     Nov 14, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The 1990 Budget Enforcement Act requires financial offsets for tax cuts or spending increases (both of which drain revenue from the U.S. Treasury). The budget rules-which are known as pay-as-you-go, or PAYGO-trigger automatic spending cuts to offset revenue losses from previously enacted legislation unless congressional appropriators (those lawmakers who serve on the appropriations committee) waive the PAYGO requirement. In 2002, however, appropriators failed to waive the PAYGO rules which required GOP leaders to demand roll call votes to insure that automatic spending cuts were not triggered. During debate on a bill to waive the PAYGO requirement, Congressman Moore (D-KS) motioned to recommit the bill to committee with instructions that revenue losses caused by GOP-enacted tax cuts for wealthy individuals are offset by spending cuts in 2002 and 2003. Progressives supported the motion to recommit-which is one of the few procedural rights afforded to opponents of legislation-as a way to guard against future budget deficits and insure that the GOP is held responsible for revenue losses to the Treasury. The motion to recommit was defeated on a nearly party-line vote of 187-201.

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