What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H Con Res 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on an Alternative Bill Which Maintained Republican Spending Levels But Would Cancel Any Tax Cuts for Wealthy Individuals if the Federal Budget was in Deficit. (2003 house Roll Call 78)
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H Con Res 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on an Alternative Bill Which Maintained Republican Spending Levels But Would Cancel Any Tax Cuts for Wealthy Individuals if the Federal Budget was in Deficit.
house Roll Call 78     Mar 20, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Usually the first step in the annual budget process is the budget resolution: a big-picture blueprint for spending and revenue that is fundamentally non-binding but can constrain the appropriations and tax bills passed that year. The main feature of the Republican resolution for 2004 was the president's $726 billion tax cut, but it also included spending cuts in most programs. Conservative Democrats proposed an alternative budget that stuck with the broad outlines of the president's plan but introduced some flexibility. It maintained the Republican spending levels but gave Congress more discretion about allocating the money, and it cancelled tax cuts for wealthy Americans if the war in Iraq kept the budget in deficit. Though in many ways it did not go as far as Progressives would have liked, they voted for this substitute because in their minds it was better than the original. Even so, it was rejected 174-254.

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