What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H Res 88. (Economic stimulus) Providing for consideration of a bill that would provide $815.8 billion for tax cuts and other economic stimulus spending (HR 1)/On passing the bill (2009 house Roll Call 35)
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H Res 88. (Economic stimulus) Providing for consideration of a bill that would provide $815.8 billion for tax cuts and other economic stimulus spending (HR 1)/On passing the bill
house Roll Call 35     Jan 27, 2009
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on passing a resolution outlining the rules for floor debate on a bill that would provide $815.8 billion in tax cuts and additional spending to stimulate the economy. 

These types of resolutions, drafted by the House Rules Committee (and typically favorable to the majority party, in this case Democrats), set the rules for debate for bills on the House floor, including how long the bill will be debated and what, if any, amendments may be offered.

Lawmakers spent very little time discussing the rule itself, and mostly used the time to begin debate on the economic stimulus bill early.  Republicans argued that the package spent too much money, that it does not allocate the money in the most efficient way to create jobs, that it does not do enough to address the housing crisis, and that the tax cuts in the bill should be changed to be across the board. 

Democrats largely countered that Bush-style tax cuts for the rich and more corporate loopholes are not what the economy needs.

By a vote of 235-191, the rule was adopted.  Every Republican present voted against the rule.  Of Democrats present, 235 voted for the rule and 16 voted against it.  The end result is that the House passed a rule governing floor debate for an economic stimulus bill.

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