What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : H Con Res 353. 2003 Budget Resolution/Vote on Rules of Debate, Which Disallowed Any Democratic Amendments, on a Budget Resolution Which Makes Permanent Pervious Year's Temporary Tax Cuts Which Disproportionately Benefit Wealthy Individuals. (2002 house Roll Call 77)
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H Con Res 353. 2003 Budget Resolution/Vote on Rules of Debate, Which Disallowed Any Democratic Amendments, on a Budget Resolution Which Makes Permanent Pervious Year's Temporary Tax Cuts Which Disproportionately Benefit Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 77     Mar 20, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The budget resolution is the first step in establishing spending and revenue levels for the federal government. Though fundamentally non-binding, it serves as an outline of the individual taxing and spending decisions to come. Republicans submitted a budget resolution for 2003 that cut taxes and limited spending. In so doing they earned the determined opposition of Progressives, who felt taxes should remain at their current levels and spending should increase. Most bills considered by the House come with a set of rules for debate that must be voted on separately. Progressives opposed the rule for the budget resolution, partly because they opposed the bill itself and partly because the rule prevented them from offering any amendments to the budget. As a result, when the rule came up for a vote, they voted "no." However, their votes and the votes of all other Democrats were not enough, and the rule was adopted 222-206.

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