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 Increase Funding for Students with Disabilities. (2003 senate Roll Call 103)
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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 Increase Funding for Students with Disabilities.
senate Roll Call 103     Mar 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This amendment, proposed by Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN), would have increased the level of funding provided in the 2004 budget resolution for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) by $229 billion over ten years. When IDEA was first adopted, the federal government pledged to contribute forty percent of the expenses associated with implementing the Act that are borne by states and localities. Currently, federal support amounts to only twenty percent of the total cost; states and localities have been forced to cover the difference through tax increases or spending cuts in other areas. To pay for the additional spending, the Dayton amendment would have reduced the amount provided in the budget resolution for tax breaks by an equal amount. Progressives supported Dayton's effort to increase IDEA funding because disabled students deserve comparable educational opportunities as those without disabilities. A majority of Senators voted against the Dayton measure and it fell by a margin of 28-70.

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