What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 1308. Child Tax Credit and Military Tax Breaks/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Adopt Senate Language During Conference Committee Negotiations Because Senate Version of Bill Does Not Include Tax Breaks for Wealthy Individuals. (2003 house Roll Call 275)
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H.R. 1308. Child Tax Credit and Military Tax Breaks/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Adopt Senate Language During Conference Committee Negotiations Because Senate Version of Bill Does Not Include Tax Breaks for Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 275     Jun 12, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In response to the outcry from Democrats over a section in the recently-adopted $350 billion tax cut bill which would prevent low-income families from benefiting from the child tax credit increase contained in the tax legislation, GOP leaders in the House and Senate drafted legislation to address Democrats' concerns. Differences in the House and Senate bills, however, required the formation of a conference committee to reconcile the two versions of the legislation. During House debate on the issue, Congressman Rangel (D-NY) motioned to instruct House conferees to insist on the Senate's language. In the view of Progressives, the Senate bill was preferable to the House version because it did not contain additional tax breaks for individuals earning over $150,000 a year and would provide immediate assistance to low-income families who would benefit from the child tax credit increase. Progressives endorsed Rangel's motion because, in their view, the additional tax breaks for higher-income taxpayers contained in the House version were unjustified. Moreover, they argued that low-income taxpayers should receive immediate benefits from the child tax credit increase (the House bill would have delayed those benefits by one year). The motion to instruct was narrowly adopted on a 205-201 vote.

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