What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : A vote on a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) designed to create jobs, discourage the shipping of jobs overseas, and provide adjustment assistance for dislocated workers paid for by reducing tax breaks for individuals with incomes in excess of $1 million per year. (2004 senate Roll Call 41)
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A vote on a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) designed to create jobs, discourage the shipping of jobs overseas, and provide adjustment assistance for dislocated workers paid for by reducing tax breaks for individuals with incomes in excess of $1 million per year.
senate Roll Call 41     Mar 11, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Conservatives handily defeated an amendment proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) designed to create jobs, discourage the shipping of jobs overseas, and provide adjustment assistance for dislocated workers. It would achieve this aim, progressives noted, by changing the tax treatment of certain corporations and by reducing tax breaks for individuals with incomes in excess of one million dollars per year, without affecting middle-class taxpayers. In so doing, progressives said, the amendment would create a reserve fund that would allow increases of up to $24 billion for fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2009 for employment initiatives including tax credits for companies that create new U.S.-based manufacturing jobs and small businesses that provide health care coverage. It also would prohibit the use of tax dollars to outsource non-defense and non-homeland security government contracts abroad. Employers would be required to provide advanced notice to workers whose jobs may be moved abroad. The spending would be offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year. The measure failed 41-53, with no Republicans voting in its favor. Conservatives seized on the prohibition to federal outsourcing of jobs, saying one of the reasons the United States' loses jobs overseas is "There are jobs out there that are not being filled because American people do not have the skills to take those," said Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.). Conservatives also argued that the Boxer amendment amounted to a "$24 billion tax increase" and they altogether rejected the premise of the amendment - that the economy is faltering - and said it goes against the grain of "every free market principle this country stands for." Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said, "I think this amendment is a miscalculation ... unless, of course, the intent of this amendment is to try to convince the American people that the American economy is in the tank and offers no opportunity, no hope." He added, "Once again, this amendment is the best indicator that there are still those who believe government really does know best, who want to raise taxes on the American people by $24 billion and throw it around at government's whim and then expect new jobs to somehow miraculously appear."

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