What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Passage of a Budget Resolution Which Contains, Among Other Items, $350 Billion in Tax Cuts Which Disproportionately Benefit Wealthy Individuals. (2003 senate Roll Call 108)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Passage of a Budget Resolution Which Contains, Among Other Items, $350 Billion in Tax Cuts Which Disproportionately Benefit Wealthy Individuals.
senate Roll Call 108     Mar 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote involves final passage of the 2004 budget resolution as amended in the Senate. The budget plan contains $350 billion in short-term tax cuts, $400 billion for Medicare overhaul, and $791 billion for domestic spending in 2004. Also included in the bill is a $100 billion reserve fund to pay the costs of the Iraqi war, $13 billion for veteran disability and retirement benefits, and $263 billion for a Social Security reserve fund. Progressives opposed final passage of the budget resolution because on the whole, despite the adoption of several amendments during Senate consideration to fund key domestic services, the bill reduces overall funding levels for important domestic priorities-such as education, Social Security, and Medicare-and instead provides tax breaks for high-income individuals. Support for the budget resolution was divided along party lines and, since they are the majority in the chamber, Republicans were able to pass the measure on a 56-44 vote.

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