What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Conference Report Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending. (2003 house Roll Call 140)
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H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Conference Report Containing $550 Billion in Tax Cuts That Mainly Benefit Wealthy Individuals Which Would Reduce Federal Revenue and Likely Necessitate Cuts in Domestic Spending.
house Roll Call 140     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Before legislation can be considered in the House, agreement must be reached on a rule that governs the handling of a particular bill on the floor (rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee, an arm of the majority party leadership). Normally, if a rule is to be adopted by the House on the same day it was reported from the Rules Committee--which is the case for the rule considered in this vote--a two-thirds majority vote on the rule must be obtained. Republicans--eager to pass the conference report on the budget resolution--made a successful motion to circumvent this requirement (see Roll Call Vote #139). The subject of this vote was the rule governing debate on the conference report which, by language adopted in the previous vote, requires only a simple majority for passage. Progressives opposed the rule on the grounds that the budget resolution contains an excessive amount in tax reductions but fails to provide enough domestic spending for priorities such as education, Medicare, and Social Security. Republicans voted unanimously in favor of the rule and it was adopted on a 221-202 vote.

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