What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Increase Funding for Fire Department Personnel and Equipment. (2003 senate Roll Call 91)
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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 Increase Funding for Fire Department Personnel and Equipment.
senate Roll Call 91     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Firefighters play a critical role in maintaining public safety. Furthermore, fire departments may be required to respond to future acts of terrorism. To improve the capacities of fire departments to handle potential future attacks, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution that would have increased spending for fire department personnel, equipment, and hiring by $17.5 billion over ten years. The increase in spending for fire department would have been offset by reducing the size of the tax cut contained in the budget resolution by an equal amount. Progressives favor improvements in public safety and therefore supported Dodd's amendment. On a strict party-line vote, Republicans were able to defeat Dodd's proposal by a 48-50 margin.

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