What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 1308. Child Tax Credit and Military Tax Breaks/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families and Provide Tax Breaks for Wealthy Individuals. (2003 house Roll Call 273)
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H.R. 1308. Child Tax Credit and Military Tax Breaks/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Extend the Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Families and Provide Tax Breaks for Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 273     Jun 12, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The recently adopted $350 billion tax cut package contained numerous provisions--such as reductions in the top marginal income tax rate and tax cuts on dividends income--that would benefit wealthy taxpayers. In the view of Progressives, relatively few tax breaks were contained in the bill which would benefit low and middle income taxpayers. One provision which increased the child tax credit, however, was purported to benefit low-income taxpayers. However, after passage of the legislation, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) discovered that the child tax credit increase from $600 to $1000 which was contained in the tax package would not be available to low-income families. Upon their discovery, House Democrats adopted a strategy of opposing all legislation until the GOP extended the child tax break to low income families. In an effort to appease Democrats, GOP leaders drafted legislation to extend the child credit to low income families; also included in the legislation, however, were additional tax breaks for individuals who earn in excess of $150,000 a year. Tax reductions for military families, which Democrats also supported, were included in the legislation as well. The subject of this vote was a motion to move the previous question, a motion which, if successful, ends debate and the possibility of amendment on a rule governing debate on the matter. Progressives opposed the motion based on their objections to the underlying legislation. In their view, the additional tax breaks included in the bill were unjustified; Progressives only supported legislation which would extend the child credit to low-income families and provide additional financial assistance to military families. The motion to move the previous question was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 225-201.

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