What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : A vote on a Democratic motion to instruct House members participating in a conference committee with Senate budgeters on a compromise fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S Con Res 95) to agree to the Senate's position that tax cuts and spending increases must be paid for with corresponding revenue increases or tax hikes somewhere else in the budget. (2004 house Roll Call 145)
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A vote on a Democratic motion to instruct House members participating in a conference committee with Senate budgeters on a compromise fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S Con Res 95) to agree to the Senate's position that tax cuts and spending increases must be paid for with corresponding revenue increases or tax hikes somewhere else in the budget.
house Roll Call 145     May 05, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) had the backing of progressives on his motion to instruct House members participating in a conference committee with Senate budgeters to work out a compromise fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S Con Res 95). Specifically, Moore's motion suggested the House agree to the Senate's position that tax cuts and spending increases must be paid for with corresponding revenue increases or tax hikes somewhere else in the budget. These so called pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules would apply to "all legislation increasing the deficit as a result of direct spending increases and tax cuts," the motion said. Progressives argued that these instructions were needed to help rein in the ballooning deficit. Conservatives countered that the budget document walks a fine line between spending and deficit reduction, noting that it continues to support a program of economic growth, while reining in spending and working to reduce the deficits. Moreover, conservatives also suggested it was hypocritical for some members of the House to support the motion's PAYGO requirements, when some of those same members had voted in favor of various tax cuts. The Democratic motion failed by a vote of 208-215, meaning the House's official position remains that the tax cuts in the budget resolution would not have to be paid for.

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