What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : H. Res. 248. Budget/Procedural Vote to Proceed to Consideration of H. Con. Res. 95, a Resolution to Establish the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. (2005 house Roll Call 147)
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H. Res. 248. Budget/Procedural Vote to Proceed to Consideration of H. Con. Res. 95, a Resolution to Establish the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Year 2006.
house Roll Call 147     Apr 28, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House agreed to proceed to consideration of the conference report on the U.S. budget for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). (A conference report is the reconciled version of a bill or resolution that emerges from a conference of selected senators and representatives following the passage of different versions by each body. The report must then be agreed to by both the House and the Senate.) The vote was to order the previous question on the rule for H. Con. Res. 95, the budget resolution, meaning that by approving H. Res. 248, the House agreed to end debate, prevent further amendments and proceed immediately to a vote on the governing rule for H. Con. Res. 95. (A rule sets forth what amendments House members may offer, how much time each side will be permitted to speak, how long the debate can last, etc. A vote on the rule usually reflects existing support and opposition for the underlying legislation and/or loyalty to one's party.) Democrats argued substantively against the FY06 budget itself, noting that "winners" in the budget included the wealthy and large corporations, while "losers" consisted of "anyone who relies on Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and our Nation's veterans desperately needing health care funding, families with seniors who depend on Social Security, and any family that might have a child in need of a student loan." (Louise Slaughter (D-NY).) Democrats criticized Republican plans to partially privatize Social Security, provide financial benefits for oil and gas companies, and continue cutting taxes while leaving a large deficit for the next generation of Americans. Republicans accused Democrats of wanting to increase taxes, and hailed what they viewed as "tax relief" included in the budget. (Phil Gingrey (R-GA).) The House defeated the Progressive position and voted 228 to 196, along straight party lines, to order the previous question on the governing rule for the FY06 budget conference report. Thus, the House proceeded to pass the rule and move to substantive consideration of the FY06 budget, about which Democrats and Republicans were sharply divided.

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