What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Procedural Vote to Circumvent House Rules to Allow a Vote on the Rules of Debate on a Conference Report Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending. (2003 house Roll Call 139)
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H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Procedural Vote to Circumvent House Rules to Allow a Vote on the Rules of Debate on a Conference Report Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending.
house Roll Call 139     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Before legislation is able to be considered on the House floor, agreement must be reached on a rule that governs the handling of a particular bill on the floor (rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee, an arm of the majority party leadership). If the rule is to be adopted by the House on the same day it was reported from the Rules Committee, however, a two-thirds majority vote on the rule must be obtained (ordinarily, rules can be passed with a simple majority). In a effort to circumvent the two-thirds requirement for same day consideration of a rule, Republicans--who were eager to pass the 2004 budget resolution conference report--offered a motion to waive the requirement which would allow the rule to be passed by a simple majority, not a two-thirds majority as required under normal House practices (a conference report is the final version of a bill and is developed in a conference committee between House and Senate conferees who reconcile differences in legislation that passed the two chambers). Progressives objected to the Republican's unorthodox parliamentary manuevering because they did not have a chance to review the conference report on the budget resolution; it was reported out of committee only two hours before this vote. On a straight party-line vote, Republicans were able to pass the motion to waive the two-thirds requirement by a 223-203 margin.

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