What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Corporate Tax Breaks, General : On passage of a Democratic amendment to the Senate's fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) to increase spending by $60 billion from fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2009 to provide affordable health insurance coverage to uninsured individuals, paid for by eliminating certain corporate tax loopholes. (2004 senate Roll Call 47)
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On passage of a Democratic amendment to the Senate's fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) to increase spending by $60 billion from fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2009 to provide affordable health insurance coverage to uninsured individuals, paid for by eliminating certain corporate tax loopholes.
senate Roll Call 47     Mar 11, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-Ark.) amendment to the Senate's fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) would have increased spending by $60 billion from fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2009 to provide quality, affordable health insurance coverage to uninsured individuals, with the money freed up by eliminating certain corporate tax loopholes. It was rejected 43-53, with no Republicans voting in its favor. Progressives argued that the Lincoln amendment, which sought to provide greater health security for working Americans and their families through a combination of public and private efforts to expand quality, would make America stronger. Said Lincoln, "I cannot think of anything that could help us in this nation redirect our economy, rebuild the fabric of our country, help our families, our working families, our military families, our children across this Nation, than looking at what we can do for the uninsured in this country." The conservative response, as summed up by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was concise. "The Lincoln amendment increases taxes by $60 billion over the next 5 years while purporting to help the uninsured," Hagel said. The defeat by conservatives' of Lincoln's amendment means the Senate bill will contain no provision stipulating that those lacking health insurance will be covered by holding corporations accountable for dodging federal taxes.

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