What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : HR 622. Extending Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits and Provide Numerous Tax Breaks for Businesses.
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HR 622. Extending Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits and Provide Numerous Tax Breaks for Businesses.
house Roll Call 36     Feb 14, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

As the economy continued to stagnate, Congress debated how best to address the problem. All were agreed that unemployment benefits needed to be extended, but House Republicans differed from their Senate colleagues, as well as virtually all Democrats, about whether and what sort of stimulus package needed to be included with the extension. Progressives and Democrats in general did not like the sort of business incentives House Republicans were proposing for "stimulus," and they believed that attaching such incentives to unemployment benefits was dooming those benefits to die in the Senate. In the House, the rules for debate on a given bill must be voted on separately, and if the rule is voted down, the bill cannot be considered. Opposing the rule is therefore a common way for a bill's opponents to fight the bill itself. For this reason, Progressives opposed the rule for the Republican unemployment bill when it was proposed. Republicans made a push in favor of the rule by moving to order the previous question, a way of ending debate and bringing the rule up for a vote. Progressives voted "no" on this motion because they opposed the rule and so did not want it to come to a vote. However, the motion passed, 216-207. This opened the way to a vote on the rule, and ultimately to consideration of the Republican package of unemployment benefits and business tax breaks.

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