What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for Private & Religious Schools : H.R. 5193. Education Tax Deduction/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Allow Public Funding of Private Schools.
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H.R. 5193. Education Tax Deduction/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Allow Public Funding of Private Schools.
house Roll Call 387     Sep 12, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

On this vote, Republicans sought passage of a rule governing debate on a bill which would allow low-income parents to deduct their child's private school education expenses (prior to House floor consideration of legislation, a rule drafted by the House Rules Committee must be adopted). Progressives opposed the rule based on their objections to the underlying legislation. Tax-exemptions for private school expenses, they argued, would essentially transfer taxpayer money to private schools much like a private-school voucher system. In the view of Progressives, taxpayer money should be spent on public schools and not private schools because low-income families rarely can afford a private school education for their children. The rule governing debate was narrowly adopted on a 208-201 vote. Subsequently, GOP leaders pulled the legislation from floor debate because they feared that moderate Republicans would support a Democratic motion to recommit the bill to committee. A motion to recommit, if successful, is usually a deathblow to a piece of legislation.

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