What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate on Treasury-Postal Appropriations Bill Which Prevented Consideration of an Amendment Designed to Forbid Federal Contracts to Companies that Incorporated Overseas to Avoid Taxes.
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HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate on Treasury-Postal Appropriations Bill Which Prevented Consideration of an Amendment Designed to Forbid Federal Contracts to Companies that Incorporated Overseas to Avoid Taxes.
house Roll Call 323     Jul 18, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

In terms of federal spending, the Treasury Department, the Postal Service, the White House, and a number of other federal agencies are all considered together on a single bill. It is also typical in the House to require the rules for debate on a bill-commonly referred to as the bill's "rule"-to be passed before the bill itself is considered. The rule for the Treasury-Postal appropriations bill allowed DeLauro (D-CT) to propose an amendment that forbade federal contracts for companies that incorporated overseas to avoid taxes. Progressives approved of this amendment, because they felt this corporate practice was unfair to other taxpayers and should be brought under control. However, the rule for the Treasury-Postal bill also allowed a point of order against this amendment that was sure to kill the amendment itself. Progressives opposed this point of order provision because they supported DeLauro's amendment. As a result, they could not support the rule itself. They voted "no," but the rule was passed 224-188.

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