What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : S Con Res 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Fund Education and Debt Reduction. (2003 senate Roll Call 60)
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S Con Res 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Fund Education and Debt Reduction.
senate Roll Call 60     Mar 19, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The first action Congress takes on the annual budget is the budget resolution: a blueprint of spending and revenue totals for the coming year. In 2003, Republicans proposed a budget resolution for 2004 that included a large $726 billion tax cut. Progressives and Democrats in general felt it was reckless to pass such a large cut with the economy stagnating, the deficit ballooning, and the nation about to head to war. Murray (D-WA) proposed an amendment that would have reduced the tax cuts by $17.8 billion, with the proceeds going equally to debt reduction and education. Gregg (R-NH) responded with a motion to table (kill) this amendment. Progressives opposed this motion to table because they favored the amendment itself. However, their votes against the motion were not enough, and the motion to table squeaked through, 50-48. Murray's amendment fell.

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