What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Increase Homeland Security Protections at the Nation's Seaports, Airports, and Borders. (2003 house Roll Call 305)
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H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Increase Homeland Security Protections at the Nation's Seaports, Airports, and Borders.
house Roll Call 305     Jun 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, Congressman Obey (D-WI) proposed an amendment which would have added an additional $1 billion to the $30.4 billion package, including money to secure the nation's seaports, borders, and airports. Had Obey's amendment passed, the spending increase would have been offset by reducing the amount in tax breaks for individuals earning in excess of $1 million. Those tax breaks were contained in the $350 billion tax cut package that was enacted earlier in the congressional session. Progressives voted in favor of Obey's amendment because, in their view, protecting vulnerable areas of the nation's infrastructure against acts of terrorism is more important than providing tax relief to wealthy individuals. The Obey amendment, however, was not voted upon; Congressman Rogers (R-KY) raised a point of order against the Obey amendment on the grounds that the amendment constituted new legislation (House budget rules forbid additional legislative items to be added to an appropriations bill). The subject of this vote was a motion to sustain the objection to the Obey amendment which, if passed, would sink the Obey measure. Progressives voted against the Rogers objection based on their support for Obey's proposal. On a nearly party-line vote of 222-200, the objection was upheld and the Obey amendment was defeated.

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