What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on Democratic Substitute Measure Which Contains Comparatively Fewer Tax Reductions and More Funding for Education, Homeland Security, and Prescription Drugs for Seniors Than Republican Version. (2003 senate Roll Call 83)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on Democratic Substitute Measure Which Contains Comparatively Fewer Tax Reductions and More Funding for Education, Homeland Security, and Prescription Drugs for Seniors Than Republican Version.
senate Roll Call 83     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Democrats drafted their own version of the 2004 budget resolution to reflect the minority party's spending priorities. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) offered the Democratic substitute bill as an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution under consideration. If enacted, the Democratic plan would have reduced tax cuts in the resolution by $1.24 trillion, funded President Bush's proposed $75 billion supplemental spending bill for costs associated with the Iraqi war (which is not funded in the GOP resolution), increased homeland security spending by $80 billion, allocated $194 billion to increase the availability of a Medicare prescription drug benefit, augmented spending on veterans' programs by $13 billion, and included an additional $71 billion for transportation and infrastructure projects. Progressives supported the Democrat's version of the budget resolution because it better accommodates important priorities which include minimizing the amount in tax cuts for the wealthy, expanding coverage for prescription drug benefits, and incorporating the costs of war into future budgetary decision-making. Republicans voted unanimously against the Democratic bill and the measure was defeated 43-56.

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