What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Repeal the Social Security Benefits Tax and Thereby Further Increase Future Budget Deficits. (2003 senate Roll Call 94)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Repeal the Social Security Benefits Tax and Thereby Further Increase Future Budget Deficits.
senate Roll Call 94     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

During consideration of the 2004 budget resolution, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) offered an amendment to increase the amount provided in the resolution for short-term tax cuts by an additional $146 billion. Specifically, the amendment would have repealed taxes on Social Security benefits that were enacted in 1993. Progressives opposed Bunning's amendment on the grounds that when the federal budget is in a deficit (meaning the amount of money collected by the Treasury is insufficient to pay current levels of government spending), tax reductions should be minimized to insure that important domestic funding priorities continue to receive adequate levels of funding. Every Democrat opposed Bunning's measure and, with the help of three Republicans, they were able to defeat the amendment on a 48-51 vote.

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