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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Protect the Jobs of National Guard and Reserves When They Are Called to Duty.
senate Roll Call 163     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, over 370,000 national guardsmen and reservists have been called to active duty. Many of those servicemen take a pay cut or close their business in order to serve their country. To insure that those individuals are compensated for their time in the service, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) offered an amendment to the tax-cut legislation which would have allowed employers to deduct fifty percent of the salaries earned by the servicemen while they are on active duty. Progressives supported Landrieu's proposal as a way to insure that national guardsmen and reservists are not adversely impacted financially as a result of their military service. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) made a point of order against Landrieu's proposal by claiming that it was not relevant to the tax cut measure under consideration. Debate on budget-related legislation-which, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes proposals to cut taxes-is governed by reconciliation rules in accordance with the Budget Act of 1974. Those rules allow Senators to points of order against amendments by claiming that they are not relevant to the pending legislation in order to strike down the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority is required in support of the amendment. The Landrieu amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was defeated by a 46-54 margin.

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