What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H. Con. Res. 95. Budget/Vote on Amendment to Replace Republican-Drafted Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Resolution with Budget Reflecting Democratic Priorities. (2005 house Roll Call 87)
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H. Con. Res. 95. Budget/Vote on Amendment to Replace Republican-Drafted Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Resolution with Budget Reflecting Democratic Priorities.
house Roll Call 87     Mar 17, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by John Spratt (D-SC) to replace the Republican-drafted Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06) budget resolution with a budget that reflected Democratic priorities. Following the submission of a proposed budget by the President, the first step in Congress's annual budget process is to pass a non-binding budget resolution. That resolution establishes priorities and a framework for federal government spending in the coming year. Democrats opposed the FY06 budget brought by Republicans to the floor because the Democrats believed, among other things, that the Republican budget prioritized tax benefits for the wealthiest Americans over spending on domestic priorities like education, health care, veterans' benefits, etc. As a result, Spratt offered this amendment, which was a budget proposal meant to replace the Republican resolution. Progressives argued that the Spratt amendment would balance the budget by 2012 and reflect important priorities like protecting Social Security and Medicaid, and other crucial domestic programs. Republicans countered that their budget reflected appropriately the nation's most important priorities, especially with its emphasis on defense and homeland security, and that it would promote economic growth through continued tax cuts. The House defeated the Progressive position and the Spratt amendment by a vote of 165 to 264, with 36 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans. Thus, consideration of the budget proposal reflecting Republican priorities such as defense, homeland security and tax cuts continued.

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