What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H Con Res 353. 2003 Budget Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) an Effort to Reconsider the Rules of Debate to Allow Democrats to Offer Amendments to the Budget Resolution. (2002 house Roll Call 78)
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H Con Res 353. 2003 Budget Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) an Effort to Reconsider the Rules of Debate to Allow Democrats to Offer Amendments to the Budget Resolution.
house Roll Call 78     Mar 20, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The budget resolution is the first step in the process of developing a budget for the federal government. It sets out non-binding spending and revenue totals for the coming year. House Republicans proposed a budget resolution that kept spending within tight limits set by the White House and devoted $353 billion to making the previous year's temporary tax cuts permanent. Progressives opposed this resolution because they felt that spending should be higher and that further tax cuts were unwarranted. House procedures usually require a bill to come with a set of instructions for debate, called the "rule," that must be voted on separately and before the bill itself is considered. The rule that Republicans had offered for debate of this budget resolution prevented any amendments. Progressives opposed the Republicans' budget, so they would have opposed the rule regardless, but the restrictive nature of this rule made them particularly upset. A vote was held on the rule and it passed, but Progressives and Democrats in general wanted another chance. They moved to reconsider the vote, but Goss (R-FL) countered with a motion to table (kill) this motion. Progressives supported a reconsideration of the rule, so they also opposed Goss's attempt to stop it. Even so, Goss's motion to table passed on a perfect party-line vote, 213-206.

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