What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : More Equitable Distribution of Tax Burden : S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Provide Additional Assistance to Low- Income Families.
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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Provide Additional Assistance to Low- Income Families.
senate Roll Call 153     May 15, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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In an effort to provide additional financial assistance to low income families, Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) offered an amendment to the tax cut legislation which would have reduced the threshold for families that would be eligible for the child tax credit from $10,500 to $5000. To offset the cost of expanding the child tax credit, the Lincoln proposal would have reduced the amount provided in dividends tax relief. Progressives supported Lincoln's measure because, in their view, providing financial assistance to low income families with children is a higher priority than cutting taxes that disproportionately benefit wealthy individuals. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) raised a point of order against the Lincoln by claiming that the measure was not relevant to the tax cut bill. Debate on budget-related legislation-which, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes legislation to cut taxes-is governed by the reconciliation process. Reconciliation rules allow Senators to raise points of order against amendments by claiming they are not relevant to the pending legislation in order to defeat the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority in favor of the amendment is required. The Lincoln amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was rejected 49-51.

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