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 Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers. (2003 senate Roll Call 85)
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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 Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers.
senate Roll Call 85     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Stagnant economies often leave millions of Americans without jobs and, during times when the number of workers exceed the number of jobs available, federal unemployment insurance provides much-needed financial assistance for individuals searching for work. The unemployment benefits for nearly four million workers, however, are due to expire on June 1, 2003. To protect unemployed workers, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) introduced an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution providing $16 billion to extend and expand unemployment insurance for nearly 2.5 million individuals. The cost of Kennedy's amendment would have been paid for by reducing the amount provided in tax cuts in the 2004 budget resolution by an equal amount. Progressives supported Kennedy's effort because unemployment insurance provides an essential source of revenue for workers and their families to stay afloat during the transition between jobs. On a strict party-line vote, Republicans were able to defeat Kennedy's amendment by a margin of 48-51.

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