What: All Issues : War & Peace : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Create a War Reserve Fund to Help Budget for the Costs of the Iraqi War. (2003 senate Roll Call 67)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Create a War Reserve Fund to Help Budget for the Costs of the Iraqi War.
senate Roll Call 67     Mar 21, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

During the military conflict with Iraq the Bush Administration refrained from estimating the costs of war and adjust domestic spending priorities accordingly. Instead, tax cuts have been proposed which threaten to dramatically increase the federal deficit for years to come. In an effort to accommodate the costs of the war in the budget resolution, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) offered an amendment creating a $100 billion reserve fund to cover the costs of disarming Iraq. The reserve fund is paid for by reducing the size of the proposed tax cut by an equal amount. Progressives support Feingold's amendment as a way to incorporate the costs of war, which some estimate in the trillions of dollars, into the budget resolution. Enacting tax cuts during times of increasing federal deficits, progressives believe, is a financially reckless proposition; domestic spending priorities will likely be severely cut to pay both the costs of war and the tax cuts. Democrats were unanimous in their support for Feingold's amendment and, with the support of four Republicans, the measure was passed by a 52-47 margin.

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