What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : S Con Res 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Insure the Future Solvency of Social Security. (2003 senate Roll Call 58)
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S Con Res 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Insure the Future Solvency of Social Security.
senate Roll Call 58     Mar 18, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The first action Congress takes on the budget is to pass a budget resolution laying out the spending and revenue totals for the coming year. This resolution is non-binding, but staying within its dictates does make later parliamentary maneuvering easier. Republicans proposed a budget with a large $726 billion tax cut advocated by the Bush administration. Progressives and Democrats in general felt this cut was too large given the impending war in Iraq and government needs overall. Conrad (D-ND) proposed an amendment that would pull most of the tax cuts from the bill and move the savings into Social Security. Progressives favored this amendment because they opposed the tax cuts currently in the bill and worried about the future solvency of the Social Security program. Nickles (R-OK) moved to table (kill) this amendment: a vote for this motion was vote against the Conrad amendment and against the Progressive position. The motion passed 57-42, and the Conrad amendment fell.

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