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 Increase Funding for Education. (2003 senate Roll Call 99)
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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 Education.
senate Roll Call 99     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The 2004 budget resolution under consideration eliminates forty-six education programs which include the National Writing Project, the Gifted and Talented Program, rural education programs, and educational opportunities in the arts. In an effort to restore the funding cuts, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) proposed an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution that would have provided $24 billion over ten years for the education programs. The increase in educational spending proposed by Harkin would have been offset by a reduction in tax breaks contained in the budget resolution. Progressives supported Harkin's proposal as a way to improve educational opportunities especially for students in rural areas attending small schools who receive fewer educational grants than their urban counterparts. Every Republican voted against the Harkin amendment which was defeated by a vote of 46-53.

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