What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : HR 622. Economic Stimulus/Cloture Vote on Democratic Version of Bill Which Targets Tax Breaks to Low and Middle Income Taxpayers. (2002 senate Roll Call 13)
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HR 622. Economic Stimulus/Cloture Vote on Democratic Version of Bill Which Targets Tax Breaks to Low and Middle Income Taxpayers.
senate Roll Call 13     Feb 06, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

As signs of a weakening economy loomed, Democrats and Republicans disagreed on how to approach the problem. Bush and House Republicans generally felt large tax breaks up and down the income scale would provide the strongest boost to the economy; Democrats proposed a pared down version of targeted aid, especially to lower-income Americans. The Democratic plan at issue here extended unemployment benefits for 13 weeks, gave a $300 tax rebate to the working poor who had not received the previous year's rebate, gave extra Medicaid assistance to the states, and provided a tax incentive for business to buy equipment that year. Progressives favored this more targeted approach as a way to help only those who truly needed it, and avoid handing money to wealthy individuals who would be unlikely to spend it anyway. In the Senate, debate continues until cloture is invoked, at which time debate is limited and the measure will eventually come to a vote. Supporters of this economic stimulus package proposed cloture, but failed 56-39 to get the necessary 60 votes to invoke it.

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