What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on a Substitute Measure Which Would Provide Tax Cuts Only in Years in Which the Federal Budget was in Surplus. (2003 senate Roll Call 95)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on a Substitute Measure Which Would Provide Tax Cuts Only in Years in Which the Federal Budget was in Surplus.
senate Roll Call 95     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

A "Blue Dog" Democrat typically refers to a conservative House Democrat who supports a centrist position on economic issues. During House consideration of the 2004 budget resolution, Blue Dogs drafted their own version of a budget resolution which would have balanced the federal budget by 2009, increased congressional flexibility in allocating funds, and postponed future tax breaks for high-income individuals while the budget remains in deficit. The Blue Dog budget resolution, which was previously defeated in the House, was introduced as an amendment during the Senate's consideration of the 2004 budget resolution by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE). Progressives supported the Blue Dog budget resolution because it specified that tax breaks should only be enacted during those years when the federal budget is in surplus. Moreover, deficit reduction was a key component of the Blue Dog budget. The GOP-drafted budget resolution, conversely, contained no similar provisions to minimize future budget deficits. The Blue Dog budget failed to attract majority support in the Senate and was defeated on a 42-57 vote.

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