What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : A vote on a Republican motion to order the previous question -- thus ending debate and possibility of amendment -- on adoption of the rule (H Res 637) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill (H.R. 4275) that would make permanent a tax break on middle-class earners. (2004 house Roll Call 156)
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A vote on a Republican motion to order the previous question -- thus ending debate and possibility of amendment -- on adoption of the rule (H Res 637) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill (H.R. 4275) that would make permanent a tax break on middle-class earners.
house Roll Call 156     May 12, 2004
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Conservatives successfully backed Rep. Pete Sessions' (R-Texas) motion to order the previous question -- thus ending debate and possibility of amendment -- on adoption of the rule (H Res 637) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill (H.R. 4275) that would make permanent a tax break on middle-class earners. Conservatives reasoned that workers within this bracket - which includes lower and middle income individuals - deserved the tax break, which HR 4275 would make permanent. But progressives objected to the motion on the grounds that the measure, while helping many lower and middle class individuals, nevertheless comes with a $218 billion price tag. Progressives asserted conservatives failed to specify how to pay for this. Progressives charged that the bill is a continuation of what they said was irresponsible fiscal policy that has blossomed under President Bush's tenure, especially at a time when the nation faces a ballooning deficit with record low revenues coming in to the federal government, progressives argued. The motion was agreed to 221-203.

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