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Roll Call: House Rejects ‘Tax Credit’ For Non-Taxpayers

Democrats attempted to provide “tax credits” for parents who do not pay taxes. The GOP was able to stop them.

On September 25, by a vote of 202 to 207, the House rejected a symbolic parliamentary gesture in favor of giving the child income tax credit to people who pay no income taxes.

The vote was on a motion to instruct the conferees working in a House-Senate conference committee to report back with essentially the Senate version of the child tax credit bill-H.R. 1308. The Senate passed a version that simply gives so-called tax credits to people who don’t pay taxes in the first place because of their low income-making it a form of welfare. The House version was a compromise bill that also bestows the welfare credits, but only with extra concessions from liberals for more tax cuts for actual taxpayers.

Because liberal senators refused to compromise and increase the size of the 2003 tax cuts, the bill died in conference committee during the summer after a media blitz in its favor-led by a New York Times front-page article-fizzled. Democrats, wanting to revive this issue now, saw an opportunity in this symbolic motion to instruct.

“The motion would have instructed the House conferees to include in the conference report all of the other provisions of the Senate bill and not report back a conference report that includes additional tax benefits, ” explained Rep. Frank Pallone (D.-N.J.). “House Republicans, I believe, are exploiting the child tax credit provision passed, and even more tax cuts that will saddle our children with mountains of debt.”

Unlike all the other families in America, who pay slightly less in taxes when there is a tax cut, these non-tax-paying families to whom Pallone wants to give handouts not only pay nothing in taxes, but also to receive checks in the mail every year, simply for having children.

“I am the father of three children, and I received a $1,200 check, $400 for each of the three children,” Pallone said of his own child tax credit. “It pains me to think, based on my income as a congressman, that many of my constituents who have one, three, or more children were not able to get that $400 per child, because they certainly need it a lot more than me.”

Pallone did not offer to send his check to any of his constituents. In fact, his comments came just 21 days after he had effectively voted himself a pay increase (see HE rollcall, September 15) at the expense of American families that pay taxes.

While others argued against the motion on more or less technical grounds, Rep. Jim Duncan (R.-Tenn.) made the truly conservative argument that lower taxes and lower government spending benefit everyone in society. “It has been proven all over the world that the more money that can be left in the private sector, in whatever country, the better off everyone is, the better off, ” said Duncan. “Especially the poor and low-income people of that particular country. In every country where we have been able to keep the amount of the GDP that the government takes to a relatively small amount, the better off everyone is, especially the poor and lower-income people.”

A “yes ” vote was a vote for the motion to instruct conferees on the child tax credit bill to give “tax credits ” to parents who do not pay taxes. A “no ” vote was a vote against the motion to instruct and was, in effect, a vote against giving such credits.

FOR THE MOTION: 202 AGAINST THE MOTION: 207
REPUBLICANS FOR: 5
Castle
Ehlers
Jones (NC)
Leach
Upton

DEMOCRATS FOR: 201
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Ballance
Becerra
Bell
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Carson (OK)
Case
Clay
Clyburn
Conyers
Cooper
Costello
Cramer
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutsch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dooley (CA)
Doyle
Edwards
Emanuel
Engel
Etheridge
Evans
Farr
Filner
Ford
Frank (MA)
Frost
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green (TX)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hall
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Hill
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hoeffel
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
John
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kleczka
Kucinich
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lofgren
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Lynch
Majette
Maloney
Markey
Marshall
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy (MO)
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McIntyre
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller, George
Miller (NC)
Mollohan
Moore
Moran (VA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Peterson (MN)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Rangel
Rodriguez
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Sanchez, Linda
Sanchez, Loretta
Sandlin
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stenholm
Strickland
Stupak
Tanner
Tauscher
Taylor (MS)
Thompson (CA)
Tierney
Turner (TX)
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Velazquez
Visclosky
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

INDEPENDENTS FOR: 1
Sanders

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 207
Aderholt
Akin
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Beauprez
Bereuter
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Bradley (NH)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, V.
Burgess
Burns
Burr
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Carter
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole
Collins
Cox
Crenshaw
Cubin
Cunningham
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeLay
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Duncan
Dunn
Emerson
English
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Goode
Goodlatte
Goss
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Gutknecht
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hobson
Hoekstra
Hostettler
Houghton
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Issa
Istook
Janklow
Jenkins
Johnson, Sam
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Latham
LaTourette
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lucas (OK)
Manzullo
McCotter
McCrery
McHugh
McInnis
McKeon
Mica
Miller, Gary
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Nethercutt
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Paul
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Pombo
Porter
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Saxton
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Smith (MI)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Tancredo
Tauzin
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Toomey
Vitter
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

NOT VOTING: 25

REPUBLICANS (16): DEMOCRATS (9): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Boehlert
Brady (TX)
Cantor
Capito
Crane
Culberson
DeMint
Dreier
Fletcher
Fossella
Greenwood
Pickering
Portman
Ros-Lehtinen
Sweeney
Turner (OH)
Eshoo
Fattah
Gephardt
Lipinski
Murtha
Reyes
Stark
Thompson (MS)
Towns
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