What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : H Con Res 353. 2003 Budget Resolution/Vote to Allow Consideration of the Budget Resolution Which Makes Permanent Pervious Year's Temporary Tax Cuts Which Disproportionately Benefit Wealthy Individuals. (2002 house Roll Call 75)
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H Con Res 353. 2003 Budget Resolution/Vote to Allow Consideration of the Budget Resolution Which Makes Permanent Pervious Year's Temporary Tax Cuts Which Disproportionately Benefit Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 75     Mar 20, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

An important first step in the development of a budget is the budget resolution, a blueprint for overall spending and revenue in the coming year. The resolution provides some procedural incentives for staying within its dictates, but is fundamentally nonbinding and provides instead a forum for debate about large-scale government priorities. Republicans proposed a resolution for 2003 that made many of the temporary tax cuts from the previous year permanent and kept the government within tight spending limits. Progressives opposed both the tax cuts and the spending limits, so they opposed the resolution itself. In the House, most bills are accompanied by a set of rules for debate that must be voted on separately before consideration of the bill itself can begin. Progressives opposed this rule because they opposed the budget resolution itself, but also because the rule prevented them from offering any amendment to the resolution. To move this closed rule toward passage, Goss (R-FL) moved to order the previous question, which would end debate on the rule and call it up for a vote. Progressives opposed Goss's motion because they opposed the budget resolution and its rule, and so had no interest in seeing either come to a vote. They voted "no," but the motion passed anyway, 221-206.

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