What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Passage of 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 141)
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H. Con. Res. 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Passage of 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 141     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The purpose of the congressional budget process is to set an overall financial framework to guide the House and Senate in drafting the thirteen annual appropriations bills, tax legislation, and changes to mandatory spending programs such as Social Security and Medicare. After each chamber passed a budget resolution, a conference committee was convened to reconcile differences between the legislation that emerged from the two chambers. The subject of this vote was the conference report on the budget resolution. Progressives opposed the conference report because it failed to provide what they viewed as adequate funding in areas such as education, health care, and Social Security. Additionally, the conference report would provide $550 billion in tax reductions benefiting wealth individuals. Progressives oppose tax reductions during poor economic conditions saying instead money should instead be spent to help those who lost their jobs regain their financial footing. Democrats voted unanimously in opposition to the conference report but the measure narrowly passed the House on by a 216-211 margin.

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