What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Passage of a Conference Report Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending. (2003 senate Roll Call 134)
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H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Passage of a Conference Report Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending.
senate Roll Call 134     Apr 11, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

The congressional budget process is designed to provide lawmakers an overall financial framework to guide the House and Senate in drafting the thirteen annual appropriations bills (which provide funding for government services, programs, and institutions), tax legislation, and changes to mandatory spending programs such as Medicare. After the House and Senate passed their respective budget resolutions, a conference committee was convened to reconcile differences between the legislation that emerged from the two chambers. This vote pertained to passage of the conference report on the budget resolution. Progressives opposed the conference report because it failed to provide what they regarded as adequate funding for a broad range of domestic priorities, including education, health care, and Social Security. Moreover, the conference report would provide $550 billion in tax reductions benefiting wealth individuals. Progressives opposed the tax reductions because they believe government spending during periods of weak economic growth should focus on providing domestic services to help those who lost their jobs regain their financial footing. More generally, progressives argue that aid should be targeted to less affluent sectors of society rather than wealthy individuals. The vote on the budget resolution conference report was a 50-50 tie. When a tie vote occurs in the Senate, the Vice President (who constitutionally occupies the position of President of the Senate) is able to cast a tie-breaking vote. Vice President Cheney voted in favor of the conference report and the measure was adopted 51-50.

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