What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Increase Funding for Students with Disabilities. (2003 senate Roll Call 70)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Increase Funding for Students with Disabilities.
senate Roll Call 70     Mar 21, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on the 2004 budget resolution, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) proposed an amendment to provide $73 billion over ten years in funding increases for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). When the program was first adopted, the federal government pledged to pay states and localities 40 percent of the expenses associated with implementing the Act. Currently, only 20 percent of the expenses have been paid by the federal government; states and localities have been forced to cover the difference through tax increases or spending cuts in other areas. Conrad's amendment is paid for by reducing the amount of tax cuts contained in the budget resolution, a proposition that progressives support. Progressives also support IDEA as a way to improve the educational opportunities afforded to students with disabilities. On a nearly party-line vote, the Conrad amendment failed to attract a majority of Senators and was rejected 47-52.

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