Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments with Amendments to H.R. 5063 - Armed Forces Tax Fairness Act of 2002

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, November 13, 2002.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 245-137 on Thursday, November 14, 2002;
after AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 207-198.
MANAGERS: LINDER/SLAUGHTER
107th Congress
2nd Session

Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments with Amendments to H.R. 5063 - Armed Forces Tax Fairness Act of 2002

Provides for a single motion offered by the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means or his designee that the House concur in each of the Senate amendments with the respective amendment printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying this resolution.

2. Waives all points of order against consideration of the motion to concur in the Senate amendments with amendments.

3. Provides one hour of debate in the House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

4. Provides that the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the Speaker's table the bill (H.R. 5063) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a special rule for members of the uniformed services in determining the exclusion of gain from the sale of a principal residence and to restore the tax exempt status of death gratuity payments to members of the uniformed services, with the Senate amendments thereto, and to consider in the House, without intervention of any point of order, a single motion offered by the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means or his designee that the House concur in each of the Senate amendments with the respective amendment printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. The Senate amendments and the motion shall be considered as read. The motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question.


SUMMARY OF THE AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN THE MOTION

(Summary of Amendment Provided by Sponsor)

Welfare: Provides for a full extension through March 31, 2003 of current funding and program rules in the TANF, child care, abstinence education, and transitional medical assistance programs.

The CR that passed the House on November 13, 2002 extends TANF and related program funding and rules only from December 31, 2002 through January 11, 2003. This 11-day extension makes little programmatic sense for TANF and related programs that provide funds to States on a quarterly basis, and whose rules should extend for an entire quarter.
There is precedent for this quarterly extension for welfare programs. The very first CR approved this fall (P.L. 107-229, signed September 30, 2002) extended TANF and related programs through December 31, 2002 – all of the first quarter of FY 2003 – while extending all other programs through October 4, 2002.

Unemployment: Extends Federally-funded temporary unemployment benefits of current recipients and those in certain high unemployment States through January 2003.

Extends Federally funded unemployment benefits for up to 5 added weeks per individual by removing the current December 28, 2002 cutoff on benefits. This change will provide additional weeks of benefits to more than 800,000 individuals nationwide, including in all 50 States.
Allows for the continued availability of special extended benefits in certain high unemployment States through February 1, 2003.
Preliminary CBO estimate of cost: $0.9B in FY2003, $0.9B over 5 years, $0.4B over 10 years.

Medicare: Clarifies that the Administration may not be sued for any redeterminations for prior fiscal years. Clarifies that the Administration may not be sued about its calculation of physician payments. The provision has a zero score from the Congressional Budget Office.


TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN THE MOTION