What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Seniors : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Restore Funding for Amtrak. (2003 senate Roll Call 77)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Restore Funding for Amtrak.
senate Roll Call 77     Mar 21, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The 2004 budget resolution includes numerous reductions in domestic spending programs to pay for an estimated $1.34 trillion in tax cuts proposed by the Bush Administration (tax cuts generate revenue losses to the Treasury; reducing domestic spending is one way to limit federal deficits caused by tax cuts). Included in the budget resolution are spending reductions of twenty-two percent for Amtrak, the national passenger railroad service, which would likely force the railroad into bankruptcy. To insure Amtrak's financial viability, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) offered an amendment to the budget resolution restoring $912 million in cuts to the railroad. Byrd's amendment attracted the support from progressives because rail-travel comprises an important part of the nation's transportation infrastructure. The Byrd amendment was narrowly adopted on a 51-49 vote.

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