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May 09, 2003

Filibusters and House Votes

Republicans have been whining that Democrats are blocking votes on judicial nominees-- even as that same GOP repeatedly refuses to allow votes on Democratic proposed legislations, such as alternatives to Bush's tax plan.

When the House voted on the GOP $550 billion version of Bush's tax giveaway to the wealthy, they refused to even allow a vote on a proposed alternative by the Democrats.

House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., said the proposed Democratic substitute would have raised taxes, and also strayed into areas unrelated to the Republican proposal. In order to be in order for debate, the Democratic plan would have required numerous waivers of existing House rules, he said.

"I would argue that we have done the minority a tremendous favor by saving them from casting a vote in support of a tax increase," Dreier said.

Translated, since the Dem plan was not the same as the GOP plan, it wasn't allowed a vote. Well, since the Bush nominees for the bench are not to the Democrats liking, they should feel equally free to block any vote they can.

You can check out the Democratic plan here which includes these features:

  • An immediate increase to an $800 child tax credit, made refundable to low-income families who may owe social security taxes but not income taxes. More than 2.6 million children do not qualify for the child tax credit currently because it is not refundable.
  • Extension of unemployment benefits by the federal government to 26 weeks.
  • $44 billion for local and state governments facing fiscal crisis.
  • A range of targetted tax credits for business.

    But the GOP doesn't even want to allow a vote on the Democratic plan in the House, for fear of going on record in voting against aid to struggling cities and states. Cowards.

    Posted by Nathan at May 9, 2003 02:14 PM

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