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 Improve the Capacities of Police and Fire Departments to Respond to Terrorist Attacks. (2003 senate Roll Call 88)
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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 Improve the Capacities of Police and Fire Departments to Respond to Terrorist Attacks.
senate Roll Call 88     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During consideration of the 2004 budget resolution, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) offered an amendment to increase the level of funding contained in the bill for first responders from $3.5 billion to $6.5 billion. The $3 billion increase would have been targeted to police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel; all of whom are all responsible for protecting homeland security and responding to acts of terrorism. Leahy's amendment also included $3 billion for deficit reduction and would be paid for by reducing the amount provided in the budget resolution for tax cuts. Progressives supported Leahy's amendment as a way to improve the capacities of state and local governments to combat and respond to terrorism. Every Republican voted in opposition to Leahy's proposal and the amendment was defeated on a 47-51 vote.

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