What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Aid to Workers Negatively Impacted Upon by International Trade Agreements : H.R. 1528. Tax Filing Changes/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Streamline Tax Collection Which Would Weaken Health Protections for Unemployed Workers.
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H.R. 1528. Tax Filing Changes/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Streamline Tax Collection Which Would Weaken Health Protections for Unemployed Workers.
house Roll Call 292     Jun 19, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

Officially, this vote involved legislation to streamline the IRS's tax collection system. While widespread agreement existed among lawmakers on the goal of the legislation, differences arose on a specific provision in the bill which would allow waivers of health protections that have been built into the tax code. One specific waiver contained in the tax filing bill would weaken protections for unemployed workers whose jobs were lost because their employer relocated overseas. Under the "fast-track" trade law implemented in 2002, unemployed workers were to receive a 65% tax credit for the purchase of health insurance if their job loss was caused by foreign competition. Once enacted, the underlying tax filing bill would waive that requirement. During debate on the measure, Congressman Visclosky (D-IN) motioned to recommit the bill to committee with instructions to delete those provisions which weaken consumer and labor protections. A successful motion to recommit is usually a deathblow to a piece of legislation. Progressives supported the motion to recommit based on their objections to provisions in the tax filing bill which weakened protections for U.S. workers and consumers. The motion to recommit failed on a strictly party-line vote of 199-226.

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