What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Vote to Increase the Child Tax Credit for Families. (2003 senate Roll Call 166)
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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Vote to Increase the Child Tax Credit for Families.
senate Roll Call 166     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In an effort to provide additional assistance to working families, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) proposed an amendment to the tax cut bill which would make increases in the child tax credit contained in the bill retroactive to 2002. Families that claimed the child credit in 2002 and 2003, then, would receive an amount equal to the difference between the more generous child tax credit and the prior child credit. The cost of the Conrad proposal would be offset by delaying the proposed reduction in the highest marginal income tax rate (which only applies to income in excess of $1,171,000). Progressives supported the Conrad amendment because, in their view, extending financial assistance to families is a greater priority than providing tax cuts to individuals who earn more than one million dollars a year. Conrad's amendment was subject to a point of order by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on the grounds that it was not relevant to the tax cut measure under consideration. Debate on budget-related legislation-which, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes tax cut proposals-is governed by reconciliation rules in accordance with the Budget Act of 1974. Those rules allow Senators to raise points of order against amendments by claiming that they are not relevant to the pending legislation in order to strike down the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority is required in support of the amendment. The Conrad amendment failed to garner the necessary sixty-votes and was defeated 49-51.

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