What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H Con Res 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on an Alternative Bill Which Eliminated Tax Cuts for Wealthy Individuals, Provided Additional Tax Cuts for Low-Income Individuals, and Increased Spending for Health, Education, and Public Housing. (2003 house Roll Call 80)
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H Con Res 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on an Alternative Bill Which Eliminated Tax Cuts for Wealthy Individuals, Provided Additional Tax Cuts for Low-Income Individuals, and Increased Spending for Health, Education, and Public Housing.
house Roll Call 80     Mar 20, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The federal budget process begins with the budget resolution, a blueprint for spending and revenue that is ultimately non-binding but does impose some constraints on the taxing and spending process for the coming year. The Republican resolution for 2004 included $726 billion in new tax cuts and cuts in spending outside of defense and homeland security. To Progressives, a tax cut as the nation headed to war was anathema, and the tax cut the Republicans proposed was too slanted toward the rich. They proposed an alternative budget that eliminated high-income tax cuts and increased tax cuts for the poor, increased funding in such areas as education, health and child care, and housing, and balanced the budget. This alternative plan was rejected, 85-340.

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