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 Head Start and After-School Programs. (2003 senate Roll Call 86)
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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 Head Start and After-School Programs.
senate Roll Call 86     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During consideration of the 2004 budget resolution, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) offered an amendment providing a tenyear commitment of $24 billion in additional funding for Head Start (a preschool education program) and $18 billion for after-school programs. The increase in funding for Head Start would have enabled an additional 350,000 children to take advantage of the program; after-school programs could accommodate 1.7 million additional children with the funding increase. Progressives supported both programs as a way to enhance the educational opportunities afforded to students; preschool-educated students, studies have shown, achieve higher levels of academic success relative to students who did not enroll in preschool. The additional funding for Head Start and after-school programs contained in Dodd's amendment would have been offset by an equal reduction in the amount contained in the 2004 budget resolution for tax cuts. Support for Dodd's measure was split exactly along party lines. Republicans, as the majority party, were therefore able to defeat the measure on a 48-51 vote.

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