What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : H.R. 333. Bankruptcy Overhaul/Vote to Pass Bankruptcy Reform Measure Without Compromise Language on Abortion- Related Provision.
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H.R. 333. Bankruptcy Overhaul/Vote to Pass Bankruptcy Reform Measure Without Compromise Language on Abortion- Related Provision.
house Roll Call 484     Nov 14, 2002
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N = Progressive
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In a carefully crafted compromise, the conference committee on bankruptcy reform legislation included language in the conference report that would prevent individuals convicted of committing crimes against abortion clinics or doctors from filing for bankruptcy to cancel their debts. In a previous House vote (Roll Call Vote #478), however, the conference report was defeated because pro-life Republicans (who opposed the abortion-related provision) joined Democrats in voting against the conference report. In a final effort to pass bankruptcy reform legislation, Congressman Gekas (R-PA) resubmitted the conference report without the contentious abortion-related provision. By striking that provision, however, the Gekas bill nullified the compromise crafted by the conference committee and therefore stood little chance of passing the Senate and becoming law. Gekas, however, did not intend for the legislation to pass Congress; rather, his proposal was a demonstration of support for a credit card industry that has lobbied Congress for years to enact bankruptcy reform legislation. The Gekas proposal was adopted by the House on a 244-116 vote. However, because the Gekas bill torpedoed the House-Senate compromise codified in the bankruptcy reform conference report, the bill did not pass the Senate because Senate passage hinged on retaining the abortion-related provision which was not included in the Gekas bill.

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