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Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008
AFSCME 2008 Senate Scorecard description The Senate, during consideration of the Ho The Senate, during consideration of the House-passed economic stimulus bill (H.R. 5140), rejected a motion to cut off debate and proceed with consideration of an amendment by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that would have added 13 weeks of extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in all states and an additional 26 weeks in high- unemployment states. nal 26 weeks in high- unemployment states.
AFSCME 2008 Senate Scorecard position Aye +
AFSCME 2008 Senate Scorecard source Http://www.afscme.org/legislation-politics/19812.cfm +
Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard description Motion to invoke cloture, limiting debate, Motion to invoke cloture, limiting debate, on the Reid (D-NV) measure to provide a tax refund for most taxpayers of $500 for individuals and $1,000 for couples, with an additional $300 for each child under 17, and expand eligibility for rebate checks to include low-income seniors and disabled veterans, phasing out the benefit for individuals with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 and married couples with incomes above $300,000. rried couples with incomes above $300,000.
Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard position Aye +
Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard source Http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php +
Bill of vote Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 +
Chamber U.S. Senate + , 111th United States Congress +
Congress number 110th +
Drum Major Institute 2008 House Scorecard description There is increasing evidence that the econ There is increasing evidence that the economy faces a high risk of recession which could throw millions of middle-class Americans out of work, reduce income and health insurance coverage, and increase poverty. A smart economic stimulus plan could prevent the downturn or soften its effects. To be effective, an economic stimulus package must direct money to those who will spend it quickly, boosting consumer demand and prompting increased production and economic growth. For this reason, the household tax rebates are likely to be effective, if the checks can be sent quickly. The rebates are targeted to cash-strapped middle-class and aspiring middle-class Americans who are more likely than wealthier people to spend the money they receive immediately, rather than saving it. It is also important that Americans relying on Social Security or disability benefits are included, both as an issue of basic fairness and because these groups are likely to spend their rebates quickly. The business tax cuts are less positive for the middle class because they provide little simulative effect but would deprive the public of significant revenue and increase deficits. Offering tax incentives for business investment frequently fails to generate substantial economic growth because many businesses use the tax cuts for investments they already planned to undertake anyway, costing the public lost revenue but creating no additional economic activity. Another drawback is that it takes considerable time for businesses to make new investments and for investments to result in increased employment or purchasing. Yet to be most effective economic stimulus should have a rapid impact on the economy. Finally, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out that business incentives harm state budgets, since state and federal tax codes are linked. Many states are already facing a revenue crunch due to the economic downturn and, unlike the federal government, they cannot run budget deficits. The result could be cuts in state and local services that middle-class Americans rely on, from education to road maintenance to public safety. tion to road maintenance to public safety.
Drum Major Institute 2008 House Scorecard position Aye +
Drum Major Institute 2008 House Scorecard source Http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/library/report.php?ID=87 +
Drum Major Institute 2008 Senate Scorecard description There is increasing evidence that the econ There is increasing evidence that the economy faces a high risk of recession which could throw millions of middle-class Americans out of work, reduce income and health insurance coverage, and increase poverty. A smart economic stimulus plan could prevent the downturn or soften its effects. To be effective, an economic stimulus package must direct money to those who will spend it quickly, boosting consumer demand and prompting increased production and economic growth. For this reason, the household tax rebates are likely to be effective, if the checks can be sent quickly. The rebates are targeted to cash-strapped middle-class and aspiring middle-class Americans who are more likely than wealthier people to spend the money they receive immediately, rather than saving it. It is also important that Americans relying on Social Security or disability benefits are included, both as an issue of basic fairness and because these groups are likely to spend their rebates quickly. The business tax cuts are less positive for the middle class because they provide little simulative effect but would deprive the public of significant revenue and increase deficits. Offering tax incentives for business investment frequently fails to generate substantial economic growth because many businesses use the tax cuts for investments they already planned to undertake anyway, costing the public lost revenue but creating no additional economic activity. Another drawback is that it takes considerable time for businesses to make new investments and for investments to result in increased employment or purchasing. Yet to be most effective economic stimulus should have a rapid impact on the economy. Finally, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out that business incentives harm state budgets, since state and federal tax codes are linked. Many states are already facing a revenue crunch due to the economic downturn and, unlike the federal government, they cannot run budget deficits. The result could be cuts in state and local services that middle-class Americans rely on, from education to road maintenance to public safety. tion to road maintenance to public safety.
Drum Major Institute 2008 Senate Scorecard position Aye +
Drum Major Institute 2008 Senate Scorecard source Http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/library/report.php?ID=87 +
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National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard description Limit debate on a proposal to expand a Hou Limit debate on a proposal to expand a House-passed economic stimulus bill by providing additional tax rebates for individuals and incentives for businesses. February 6. (58-41; 60 votes required to invoke cloture. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., voted no so that he could subsequently move to reconsider the vote.) subsequently move to reconsider the vote.)
National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard position Nay +
National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard source Http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs 20090228 4813.php +
Roll call number 8 + , 10 + , 42 +
Scorecard vote AFSCME 2008 Senate Scorecard + , Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard + , National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard + , Drum Major Institute 2008 Senate Scorecard + , Drum Major Institute 2008 House Scorecard +
Session number 2 +
Categories Economic Policy (U.S.)  + , U.S. legislation  + , Record votes  + , Congresspedia  +
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Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 + , U.S. House of Representatives record vote 42, 110th Congress, Session 2 + , U.S. Senate record vote 10, 110th Congress, Session 2 + , U.S. Senate record vote 8, 110th Congress, Session 2 + Bill of vote
 

 

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