What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : H. Con. Res. 95. Budget/Vote on Amendment to Increase Spending in Fiscal Year 2006 Budget in Areas of Education, Health Care, Veterans Needs, Homeland Security, the Environment and Infrastructure, and to Decrease Tax Benefits for People Earning More Than $1 Million. (2005 house Roll Call 82)
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H. Con. Res. 95. Budget/Vote on Amendment to Increase Spending in Fiscal Year 2006 Budget in Areas of Education, Health Care, Veterans Needs, Homeland Security, the Environment and Infrastructure, and to Decrease Tax Benefits for People Earning More Than $1 Million.
house Roll Call 82     Mar 17, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment to H. Con. Res. 95, the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06). The amendment was offered by David Obey (D-WI). Obey's amendment proposed alternative budgetary priorities to those presented in the Republican-drafted resolution. His amendment would have increased by $15.8 billion spending authorization in the areas of education, health care, veterans needs, homeland security, the environment and infrastructure. It also would have decreased tax benefits for people earning more than $1 million, which he claimed would bring in $25.818 billion in revenue to offset the additional spending. (The first step in Congress's annual budget process, following the submission of a proposed budget by the President, is to pass a non-binding budget resolution. That resolution establishes priorities and a framework for federal government spending in the coming year.) Arguing the Progressive position, Obey claimed that the President's budget proposal made too drastic cuts in education, health care and the other areas mentioned above, and that those cuts didn't even fulfill the President's stated goal of reducing the national deficit. In arguing that his amendment would make tax policy more equitable, he noted that, "[t]hirty years ago, we had the smallest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized country in the world. Today, we have the largest gap between the rich and the poor of any industrialized country." Republicans countered that Obey's amendment would have authorized too much spending, except for in the area of defense, where they claimed it would not have authorized enough. They also objected to the higher taxes for the wealthy proposed in the amendment. The House defeated Progressives and the Obey amendment by a vote of 180 to 242, with 24 Democrats joining Republicans. Thus; spending in the FY06 budget on education, environment, health care and other areas did not increase from what was contained in the budget resolution being considered, and tax benefits for the wealthiest Americans were preserved.

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