What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Pension Protections : H. Res. 544. Sense of the House Resolution/Passage of a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Pass Republican Pension Benefits Legislation.
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H. Res. 544. Sense of the House Resolution/Passage of a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Pass Republican Pension Benefits Legislation.
house Roll Call 415     Sep 25, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Throughout 2002, Republicans sought to make permanent the various temporary provisions in the $1.3 trillion Bush tax cut of 2001. One provision of the tax cut that the GOP wanted to make permanent involved tax breaks to encourage more pension and retirement contributions. Progressives opposed making pension tax breaks permanent because, in their view, extending such incentives was useless without first addressing corporate corruption because executives could still destroy retirement programs through corporate misbehavior. Progressives were also concerned that the technical complexity of the pension tax breaks under consideration would enable only those individuals with personal tax accountants to take advantage of them (the more affluent people are, the more likely they will use tax accountants). The employee pension tax break did not pass the Senate in 2002 and was not signed into law as a result. In a effort to admonish the Senate for its inaction, House GOP leaders drafted a "sense of the House" resolution which stated that Congress should pass employee pension tax breaks. Unlike all other legislation, sense of the House resolutions are non-binding and lack the force of law. Progressives opposed passage of the sense of the House resolution based on their objections to the underlying legislation. The resolution was adopted by a 291-118 vote margin.

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