What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 622. Economic Stimulus/Vote to Allow Consideration of Amendment Designed to Provide Medicaid Assistance to Most Economically-Disadvantaged States. (2002 senate Roll Call 8)
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HR 622. Economic Stimulus/Vote to Allow Consideration of Amendment Designed to Provide Medicaid Assistance to Most Economically-Disadvantaged States.
senate Roll Call 8     Jan 29, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of several parliamentary maneuvers around a proposed economic stimulus package. Harkin (D-IA) had proposed adding a 3 percentage point increase in the rate at which the federal government matches Medicaid spending by the states to the overall stimulus package. The increase would have been even higher--4.5 percentage points--for states with higher unemployment. Progressives liked this targeted approach to economic stimulus, because it avoided giving tax breaks to wealthy individuals who were unlikely to spend the money anyway. But Harkin's change also would have increased federal spending beyond the level envisioned in the annual Budget Bill. According to Senate rules, this opened the way to a point of order objecting to the spending. Grassley (R-IA) raised such a point of order, and 60 votes were required to dismiss it. Supporters of the Harkin amendment fell six votes short of this mark, 54-41, and the amendment itself subsequently fell.

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